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M1's win top-of-the-table clash

20 January 2018

Men's 1s 3 - 1 London Edwardians Men's 1s

The M1's made the long trip to the depths of south east London for their top of the table clash with London Edwardians on Saturday (and the sub plot of senior Blakemore versus junior Blakemore).  The match began at a frenetic pace with the home side exerting all the early pressure.  However, Hawks soon made them rue missing two gilt-edged chances when, following excellent work from Tom Godding in the inside right channel, Will Heywood gave the visitors the lead on 14 minutes.  The contest became evenly matched, with Hawks failing to convert circle penetrations into either goal scoring chances or penalty corners, whilst the home side forced several corners.  But it was Hawks who scored the vital next goal, Matt Wood finishing off an excellent counter attack to give the visitors a 2-0 lead on 28 minutes.  Edwardians penalty corner routine had proved largely ineffective, but they did manage to convert one in the dying seconds of the first period to half the deficit at the interval.

The home side started the second half much as they had the first, and pinned their opponents deep in their own half.  But Hawks' defence was resolute (despite the efforts of senior Blakemore) and this enabled the visitors to re-establish a firm foothold in the game.  The game remained tense, reflected in a flurry of cards including a yellow for the home keeper.  But Hawks were patient and, following periods of sustained possession in the Ed's half, Hawks eventually won their first penalty corner of the game.  This led to a second which was initially well saved, but the ball fell invitingly back to Jack Biggs who dispatched from ten yards to give the visitors some breathing space with 14 minutes remaining and silence the home crowd (who were presumably imported from neighbouring Peckham Town F.C.).  The final ten minutes saw the home side throw everything they could at Hawks and, despite winning a couple of further penalty corners, they couldn't find a way past the Hawks rear-guard.  So three points to Hawks (and a small gap now at the top of the table) but a comfortable win to junior Blakemore.



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