Hawks 6ths arrived in Hayes under the shadow of Heathrow and a wet grey day. With BA 2nds riding high in the league it was always going to be a tough test but the development players were up for the challenge.
With a great combination of youth and experience Hawks settled in quickly and the defence of Evans, Bowden, Warner and Dunn looked solid in the early exchanges. Hawks broke quickly and with the pace of Alex Bush creating space it fell to Boots Dawson to open the scoring with a well taken finish to lead 1-0.
The lead did not last long as BA pushed forward and although their play showed little pattern the individual skill of the BA players as they came forward caused Hawks problems. The Hawks shape was tested as the ball fell to the left channel and as the shot came in an unlucky deflection saw the ball pass Jones between the sticks as he had the original shot covered.
Matt Brook was battling hard in midfield and Hamish Ferguson was linking well with James Finlayson and Finn Rumsby but could not put the BA defence under the pressure required.
The game turned on 2 quick goals by BA, both of which shared an element of good fortune but came on top of a series of sustained attacks.
Hawks continued to battle and Dan Evans and Charlie Warner demonstrated their continued development potential as they moved the ball quickly and maintained calm heads in some difficult pressure moments.
BA did finish the game off to make it 4-1 after an unintended break in the game broke concentration and one or two good situations for Hawks could not be capitalised through a couple of unlucky close calls.
The hospitality at the Indian Gymkhana club was excellent and the food superb, ending the experience on a high.
Arthur Jones, Rory Bowden, Roger Dunn, Charlie Warner, Dan Evans, George Dawson, Matthew Brook, Hamish Fergusson, Simon Dawson, Richard Walsh, James Finlayson, Finn Rumsby, Alex Bush
Player of the match: Charlie Warner
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