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M1's avoid a potential Banana Skin

03 February 2018

Men's 1s 5 - 1 Milton Keynes Men's 1s

The M1's travelled to Milton Keynes on Saturday for a potential banana skin fixture as they bid to maintain their unbeaten run that stretches back to the first Saturday of the season.  MK started brightly and pressed Hawks high and hard, but Hawks soon settled and opened the scoring on six minutes when Mike Cullimore notched his first goal for the club.  Hawks were now putting some neat passing moves together and Matt Wood extended the lead on twelve minutes following excellent work from Andy Watts and an unselfish pass from Ted Bennett.  Pressure was building on the hosts and when Watts had his stick interfered with in the act of shooting, Jack Biggs tucked away the resultant penalty stroke on nineteen minutes to establish clear daylight.  MK pulled one goal back five minutes before the break, but a 3–1 half time score line was a fair reflection of the first half.

Hawks put the game beyond the hosts five minutes into the second half when Jack Biggs fired home a penalty corner, but too often a stray final pass or slack first touch meant that Hawks couldn’t add a fifth until five minutes from time when Will Heywood struck powerfully home.  A very satisfactory 5-1 win in an away fixture that has tripped up many teams and which leaves Hawks still six points clear at the top of South Prem One with seven games to play.


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