Hawks Falcons were determined to extract revenge from the away loss and set the tempo of the game from the start. The early stages, whilst mostly played in the Oxted half, saw few chances with space at a premium and solid defending from the Oxted back division, marshalled by John at the heart of the defence.
Hawks began to find the wider areas as Kaluza and Dunnill probed and Warner switched the play to turn the Oxted defence. Billington playing solidly as ever worked a fine move down the left as his interchange with Kaluza found the pace of Whitey on the left wing. The Oxted keeper has played confidently but on this occasion was drawn to his right hand post and Whitey's clever reverse pass found Bennett in space with the goal looming. The sniffer's instinct put Hawks 1-0 up as he calmly slotted home.
Falcons now settled into their best spell of the half and several good chances were well saved by the Oxted keeper, or well defended by the solid back four. Their Centre half was also working tirelessly to plug the gaps but as Warner, Bowden and Roper combined the ball struck the hard working maker of Dunnill and a short corner awarded.
Bear Smith despatched the corner with a firm strike to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw the Falcons take control of the game and as the movement of Dunnill, Bennett and Griffiths forced Oxted on the back foot Jones was again able to push forward and stretch the game as he linked with Roper and Whitey. Inevitably the press from Hawks told and as they found space in the D Oxted were forced to concede a short corner.
An excellent worked move saw Warner slip the ball to Bennett at the top of the D, who then drew his man and returned the ball to Warner who finished with aplomb.
Bear Smith would add a 4th as he linked with Kaluza and with a half turn smashed the ball past the unsuspecting keeper.
Bennett also the secured a brace, and his second Man of the Match award with the best goal of the game. As Bowden and Billington combined to find Warner in the pocket his crash ball to Bennett into the space created by a clever feint and move by Smith enabled an angled deflection into the bottom corner leaving the keeper no chance.
Oxted had been able to secure a consolation goal when a quick break had caught the Hawks defence napping and as they sought to recover a short corner was conceded. With a worked move Wilsdon in goal, who had been faultless up to this point, was unable to get a firm left hand on the flick into the roof of the net. Doubtless reflecting on a week which saw him secure his Granddad status with the arrival of a Grand Daughter earlier in the week. This was his first Grandchild despite answering to Grandad for as long as anyone can remember!
Richard Wilsdon, Steve Jones, David Blomley, Chris Billington, Russell Warner, John Kaluza, Giles Roper, Phil Dunnill, Peter Bennett, Bear Smith, David White, Jonny Atkins, Charles Potter, Rory Bowden
Player of the match: Peter Bennett
|Peter Bennett||Open Play|
|Bear Smith||Penalty Corner|
|Russell Warner||Open Play|
|Bear Smith||Open Play|
|Peter Bennett||Open Play|