Falcons saw the welcome return of Bear Smith and Giles roper to their squad as they face a determined Windsor team on a rain swept afternoon.
He early exchanges saw 2 sides cancel each other out as Windsor battled hard in midfield and pressed Hawks in their half and chances were hard to engineer. However in a rare moment Giles roper was able to find space and as he linked well with Dunnill Windsor conceded a short corner.
In a trademark Smith strike the ball found the back of the net and Hawks were ahead 1-0. However the pattern of the game reverted back as Windsor held a solid back line and although the majority of the game took place in the Windsor half they did look dangerous on the break.
Inevitably, and with due credit to Windsor, their hard work and tenacity paid dividends as Hawks were caught napping in their inside left channel and after a strong drive the pull back found an unmarked Windsor forward who finished neatly to make it 1-1 and game on.
Warner, Dunnill and Sobey pressed forward and Roper and Griffiths probed on the flanks but could not get behind the Windsor back line who looked content with a draw.
However Hutton and Atkins had other ideas and their continued desire galvanised Hawks to extra effort as the game clock showed 4 minutes to play. As they combined to find Kaluza, he was finally allowed time and space to use the ball and drove into the D to finish well and make the score 2-1.
Hawks then held out to make the hospitality of the Windsor team enjoyable and the banter continuing the mutual respect between the two teams. The Falcons will play better but at times you have to acknowledge the performance of the opposition when they play with endeavour and strength-this was such a time.
Richard Wilsdon, David Blomley, Chris Hutton, Chris Billington, Russell Warner, John Kaluza, Ian Sobey, Steve Griffiths, Jonny Atkins, Andrew Bishop, Phil Dunnill, Giles Roper, Bear Smith
Player of the match: Jonny Atkins
|John Kaluza||Open Play|
|Bear Smith||Penalty Corner|