Will Hackett was man of the match as Hawks keeper, which ultimately says it all in this 3-6 defeat to the promotion chasing Reading Rascals.
After repelling sustained early pressure, Hawks took an unexpected lead from a short - well drilled by Barney Venables, albeit through the keepers legs....
After another spell of pressure, Rascals equalised and again the run of play suggested this was the tipping point, but with excellent work rate by the whole team, once the ball got into the Rascals D they looked less accomplished. The next goal showed Charles (Van Persie -remember him?) Darby's skill off in all its glory. With his strike rate normally relying on hits less than a metre, Darby attempted a hit from the edge of the D and the mis-cue managed to loop and spin in at the left post...2-1 up and half time....
The next 10 minutes would be crucial, and so it was..Rascals scored within a minute of the restart and before we knew it we had shipped 4 goals.. Hawks though finished strongly and had most of the play in the last 20 minutes culmnating in a typical terrier like scrambled goal by Karl Hack, but it was too late. A game played in good spirit in not the most pleasant conditions, thabks to Will Cairns and Dave Cooke for umpiring.
Man of match Will Hackett GK
Charles Darby, Stephen Elliott, Andrew Graham, Karl Hack, William Hackett, Adrian Higgins, Mike Image, Ben Knowlden, Sam Raynor, Chris Royer, Tim Spittles, Mark Stoker, Nico Stott, Richard Venables, Geoff Watson
|Charles Darby||Open Play|
|Karl Hack||Open Play|
|Richard Venables||Penalty Corner|