The Falcons started on the front foot from the start of the game and had the better of the early exchanges. With Guildford arriving without their effective centre forward the space was left for Steve Jones to provide the overlap and distribution options.
From a move involving good interplay with Warner and Dunnill the ball fell to Giles Roper whose drive into the D was rewarded by a short corner. Bear Smith proved lethal again and Hawks were up 1-0.
Kaluza was then found ghosting into the left channel by Billington and Warner and his shots were well saved by the Guildford keeper. However after several questionable tackles on Dunnill, who was being man marked throughout much of the game, saw him increase his intensity level.
He channelled his frustration into a well taken goal as he evaded his marker, turned inside the defence and smashed the ball home to make it 2-0 at half time.
Although Guildford showed flashes of good play driving forward the Hawks defence of Billington, Jones and Blomley rarely looked troubled. Wilsdon between the sticks also looked assured when called upon.
In fact Blomley looked solid all afternoon and with some driving runs from the heart of the defence he played with confidence which ultimately earned him the M of M accolade.
The game was then put beyond doubt. Firstly Kaluza followed up solid work in the right channel by debutant Nigel Doggett and when his initial shot was well saved, the rebound was despatched by Kaluza.
Hawks 4th goal, and the brace for Kaluza, saw a worked short corner fall to the left post and was swept home.
As the game was reaching its conclusion unfortunately Tony Henman was seen to collapse on the pitch and required medical assistance.
We send him our best wishes and a speedy recovery
Richard Wilsdon, Steve Jones, David Blomley, Chris Billington, Russell Warner, Ian Sobey, John Kaluza, Steve Griffiths, Giles Roper, Phil Dunnill, Bear Smith, Andrew Bishop, Nigel Doggett, Tony Henman, Charles Potter
Player of the match: David Blomley
|Bear Smith||Penalty Corner|
|Phil Dunnill||Open Play|
|John Kaluza||Open Play|
|John Kaluza||Penalty Corner|