Writing match reports can be a pleasant way to reflect on a game and re-visit the endeavour and team work which has helped to secure a result. In this particular case this does not apply as Falcons were not firing on all cylinders and appeared to make everything too difficult.
To be fair to Haslemere they harried and hassled all over the pitch, and Hawks were simply not prepared or able to put in the extra work required to get the game flowing.
Consequently the game became a frustrating affair where nothing really clicked and chances went begging. On another day a goal at this stage would have helped to secure the cohesion and fluidity the Falcons have shown throughout most of the season.
Despite all of that they did not emulate Man City and were able to do just enough to secure the win 3-1 on the day in a game and performance which will not be attracting full stadiums.
Some highlights, however, with an excellent battle with Steve Jones in defence and the hard working opposition Centre forward Ian. They both secured Man of the Match awards for their contributions.
Also a fine move on the right saw Ted Roper ghost down the right channel and his firm cross was slotted home well by Griffiths.
A short corner was finally drilled home after one or two failures at this set piece. Hawks had constructed a number of different ways to demonstrate how this advantage should not be executed. Warner struck the ball sweetly to the left post and as the defender and the injector Kaluza clashed on the post the ball had already found the back of the net. It was unclear who had a final touch, if indeed there was one.
Unsurprisingly, Warner is claiming the goal as he is writing the match report!
Bennett made the game safe but not before Haslemere had taken advantage of a statuesque Hawks defence deciding to debate the merits of a particular challenge in the 25. They watched as the opposition player waltzed into the D and slid the ball past Wilsdon in goal. Grandad Wilsdon then sought to control his angst by generally shouting and admonishing all players in a Hawks shirt. This continued throughout much of what remained of the game!
Finally thanks go to Charles Potter (and for a short spell David White) who helped the opposition with numbers.
Thanks also to Geoff Paver and PJ Wilson who umpired excellently and must have wondered what on earth they were witnessing at times.
As ever the post match analysis and discussions with Haslemere were convivial and reflected on the season's success and not the days travails.
Richard Wilsdon, Chris Hutton, Steve Jones, David Blomley, Jonny Atkins, Russell Warner, Rory Bowden, Mark Crampton-Smith, Steve Griffiths, John Kaluza, Giles Roper, David White, Peter Bennett, Charles Potter
|Steve Griffiths||Open Play|
|Russell Warner||Penalty Corner|
|Steve Griffiths||Open Play|