The M1's rounded off their South Premier League campaign in style on Saturday with an emphatic 5-1 away win at Horsham to secure the league title and with it promotion into the national league for next season. Hawks looked the stronger team right from the outset and frequently penetrated the Horsham circle only for their final pass or shot to lack precision. However, Andy Watts finally broke the deadlock on seventeen minutes to settle the team. Australian overseas player Ryan Hammond, playing his final game for the Club before returning home, finished off a flowing five man move to make the score 2-0 and although Horsham pulled one goal back five minutes before the break, Hawks were dominant.
Tom Godding added a third ten minutes into the second half when following up on a rebound at a penalty corner and had it not been for the Horsham goalkeeper Andy Isaacs, who had an outstanding game, the score board would have ticked over frequently - even Ed Ellis from left half managing a couple of shots on target. Hawks continued to penetrate and Will Heywood was unlucky not to add to his tally for the season after a lovely one-two with Ben Gregory. Other chances came and went before Jack Biggs fired home a penalty corner with eight minutes left on the clock. Ted Bennett made the score five with literally the last hit of the game to make sure the score line was more reflective of the balance of play.
It has been an outstanding season for the M1's, led by coach Todd Williams who has got the team playing in a far more positive and free flowing style which resulted in a run of 15 straight wins through the main part of the season. Aussie import Ryan Hammond has also been influential and we wish him well as he returns home to Australia after his six month holiday!