Hawks 6ths arrived as the only team at the home ground for the final game of the season, a re-arranged snow fixture against Tring 2nds. The Spring sunshine welcomed both teams and the initial laid back atmosphere soon changed as both teams got down to business.
The game was giving an opportunity to Simon 'Boots' Dawson to top the goal scoring charts. In the end, although he managed a hat trick and on another day he could possibly have got a couple more, he would ultimately fall just short. This was to also include a penalty stroke which struck a post. The penalty stroke followed excellent work between Alex Bush and Ed Baldock and their interplay led to the award. Before you had a chance to blink the stroke crashed against the post and Tring were attacking on the break.
Despite a strong showing by Tring in the first half Hawks looked comfortable at the back with Matt Brook and Paul Poulter pulling the strings, and allowing Dan Evans and Charlie Warner to push forward. Alex Bush was again proving to be dangerous on the break and his pace caused problems all game. Alex picked up the man of the match award for the second week running.
Finn Rumsby was also a little unlucky when the ball fell to him in the D, and his instinctive crash shot hit the post.
The second half proved that the concentration could not waver. Despite a number of missed chances it did look as if the additional goals of Ollie Graham and Paul Poulter looked enough. However Tring were not going to lie down and the free running forward line supported by the pace down their right did cause problems.
Jim Felix was called upon to make a number of great saves not least of which a fine reflex stop when the whole of the defence has gone AWOL.
Overall a great way to finish the season and Simon Dawson would fall just short of the tally of goals required but the hat trick jug was still well received.
Finally a massive thank you to both Geoff Paver and Dave Dawes for umpiring the game and for their excellent work throughout the season giving up their time to allow games to take place under their stewardship.