On a very pheasant day, in the first league game of the season for the mens 5s, Hawks came up against a well-drilled Leighton Buzzard mens 1s and it was the Buzzards that went away crowing. In an open and entertaining game, which was far from gull, the Buzzards speed on the attack and strong central midfield proved telling in a 2-0 win.
To be honest, I can’t remember the first goal. A Leighton Buzzard player hit the ball, from within the D, and it went in the goal.
The second Leighton Buzzards goal was a scrappy affair. A swift attack left Jack exposed, and although he saved two efforts, attempts to clear the ball simply fell to another Buzzard’s attacker each time. At the third attempt, the Buzzard’s forward attempted to take Andy Kaye’s head off (who was standing on the line by this time) with a shrike. Thankfully he missed (Andy didn’t have time to duck) but the ball found the net instead.
Hawks didn’t trouble the Buzzards keeper often. A Barber penalty corner in the first half was the closest Hawks came to scoring, forcing a good save. An OJ hit from near the top of the D also needed saving but was close enough to the keeper to be easily pushed away. Ben Hudson and OJ both struck the ball across goal and past the far post, once in the first half and once in the second, but on neither occasion was there a Hawks attacker on hand to tap in. Once when the ball did cross the goal dangerously the bounce deceived Ben and he was unable to convert.
Man of the match was Barnaby Barber for a lot of hard work up and down the right lapwing which occasionally left him puffin. Honourable mention to Jack Sobey for a number of good saves.
Last season’s games against the Buzzards ended 4-5 and 1-7 (both in favour of the Buzzards), so some progress by Hawks, but no cause to get the bunting out yet. No egrets, on to the next match. (Yes, I could have included Great Tit but my judgement got the better of me in the end).