Falcons were keen to secure a win against Horsham, to maintain the 2018 winning run. It is a long journey if you go back empty handed. However, despite best endeavours and a majority of possession, the performance was not finely tuned.
The opposition goal-keeper made some good saves, but Falcons were the architects of their own frustration as nothing quite clicked, passes went awry and chances went begging.
Then, out of nowhere, hammer house of horror arrived. Horsham sought to clear their lines, a ball was lifted inexplicably with a smashed hit from defence and Steve Griffiths was caught completely unawares as his head was struck and he dropped like a stone with a deep wound.
It was a nasty blood injury and a visit to A&E was needed as soon as possible but not before the flow of blood could be checked.
After this lengthy stoppage Falcons re-shuffled the 10 men and bizarrely something actually worked. Immediately from the hit Warner fed Dunnill in his the left channel and his well struck cross split the defence found Bear Smith who proved less profligate and deflected the ball home.
1-0 at half time and a Horsham goal-keeper already selected for the end of season Festival X1.
The second half saw the 10 men of Hawks provide a wide array of ways to make it difficult for themselves but continued to press forward. An individual piece of skill and finally a well struck sort corner saw Bear Smith and Phil Dunnill add 2 more goals.
The Duracell battery David white continued to work his socks of and confuse both sets of players but was rewarded by a well taken flick in the corner when the keeper was expecting something else entirely.
Then followed 2 incidents to make the game one to ponder in the Bar. Ted Roper (Giles to his parents) drove into the D and his shot looked to be covered but the Horsham defender lost his bearings and smashed the ball past his own keeper.
At 5-0 the game was secure and Warner decided it was time to step up to short corner duties with fantasy league points at stake. His last minute strike hit the bottom right hand corner and 'crossed the line' before angling back across the goal. VAR was called for but instead the umpire decided to blow the final whistle. Warner was left to dash back to Oxford in the knowledge that any questions of 'did you score?' would be avoided!
Richard Wilsdon, David Blomley, Russell Warner, Phil Dunnill, Bear Smith, Rory Bowden, Mark Crampton-Smith, Steve Griffiths, John Kaluza, Giles Roper, David White
Player of the match: Phil Dunnill
|Phil Dunnill||Open Play|
|Bear Smith||Open Play|
|Bear Smith||Open Play|
|Giles Roper||Open Play|
|David White||Open Play|