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Shambles off the pitch and Shambles on the pitch

13 January 2018, 15:00

Men's 7s 4 - 2 Sonning Men's 5s

'Shambles' Shirley was off on country pursuits this week but this didn't stop shambles on the pitch for the Men's 7's.

Last week we had no shirts.  This week we were resplendent in new kit and keen to do justice to this especially in Matt 'Bunny' Bunn's last game before he departs on overseas travel.

The Men's 7's, usually specimens at the peak of physical fitness succumbed to two more doubts of 'man flu' on the day.  Assembling at Sonning we looked anxiously around for keeper, Jon Davies.  A quick phone call established he was sheltering in the clubhouse, but strange no one had spotted him. The mystery soon unravelled as we establish he was at Hawk's clubhouse...the inquiry is still ongoing...

So Hawks decided to field 11 outfield players and keep Sonning from our half.  Once Hawks worked out to differentiate between the umpires whistle and that of the neighbouring game, we took control with Tyser (now with fizz), Royer and Venables marshalling midfield and solid defending from a back line comprising Hack, Stoker, Chair, Graham, Wells and Bunny.

Charles 'Van Percy' Darby saw his mojo return with a goal following a good move from Tyser. However, Hawks gifted possession to Sonning who countered to level 1-1 at half time.

The 2nd half saw Darby bag a second following a good passing move between Venables, Elliott and Darby finishing.  Venables scored a 3rd from the top of the D following a good pass from Royer.  Bunny muscled Venables out of the way following a short corner rebound to score in a move that would have warranted a card if they hadn't been on the same side.  In the final 10 mins Sonning applied more pressure and scored and the final period was somewhat frenetic as Hawks tried to ensure the ball was kept out of their half.

In fairness Hawks should have scored more but it is not appropriate to single out individuals.  However, Breen's two sitters warrant special mention.  Right time, right place...just need to work on the ball eye coordination.

MOM goes to Bunny for dogged determination and firm tackling. We look forward to seeing him back next season.

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