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Hawks 6ths go down 4-2 to league leaders Windsor 2nds

27 January 2018, 12:30, St. Edward's School

Men's 6s 2 - 4 Windsor Men's 2s

Hawks entertained the League leaders Windsor 2nd, on a cold and damp afternoon at St.Edwards Hawks started the game well. With a slightly changed formation Hawks look solid in defence and had good spells of possession. From a defensive 16, Hawks moved the ball quickly through midfield and out to George Dawson who then found Dan Evans just outside the oppositions 23, Dan moved the ball onto Boots who then found George Guillain. With quick hands George created a shooting opportunity, beating the goal keeper with a deft lift only for a Windsor defender to clear the ball off the line with a diving stop.

Windsor then started to attack directly through the middle, from one such attack scoring with a smart finish to beat Johnny Atkins. This proved to be a successful tactic, with Windsor causing trouble to the Hawks defence by this direct approach. With 5 minutes remaining of the first half, Hawks lost the ball in the middle of the park and with two quick exchangers the Windsor striker again finish coolly past Johnny.

Hawks reorganised themselves, starting the game very much on the front foot, after 15 minutes of good possession Hawks scored through Dawson from a short corner. This made the game very tight, Hawks defence snuffed out numerous attacks with Hutton, Dunn, Warner and new boy Joe Ray defending well. Unfortunately on one attack Hawks failed to clear their lines on numerous occasions, and a very ugly goal was conceded. Hawks from another short corner reduced the visitors advantage to one goal, but when pressing for an equaliser Windsor had an overload of players on the Hawks defence, with the Windsor striker finishing well.

Performances of note from Atkins, Dunn, Walsh and Hutton of the senior players, but it is the continued development of the younger players that is most rewarding. Guillain, Taylor-Chamberlain, Rumsby and Dawson are all playing with great confidence, improving week by week. Charlie Warner followed up his man of the match performance last week, with another assured game. Dan Evans playing in a more advanced role continually caused the Windsor defence problems, Dan narrowly missing out on this weeks man of the match award, that has to go to the tireless performance of the every green Tom Gilman who ran the game from the middle of the park

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