The old-style 3As (3 adults, 8 youngsters) of Hawks 6s took on Abingdon 2s on a very damp Saturday at BRN. Having been well beaten in their league opener, a full squad of 16 took on the bare 11 of their neighbours from up the A34, and dominated the first half in terms of possession and created a few well-worked chances playing a good passing game. However, in pushing forward almost constantly, we left ourselves open to the break – much like the Hammers against a lucky Brighton the previous evening – and Theo Sanders in goal was called upon to make several crucial saves. Despite creating at least four short corners in the first half, we were unpicked from a rare Abingdon corner as Matt stopped a rebound with his foot, yet Theo was on hand to save the resulting penalty stroke with his expertly dragged left pad. Despite this, we were again caught on the break just before half time and Abingdon went one nil up with a conclusive finish. Into the second half, we decided to shore up our defence, Finn joining Matt, Charlie, Jonny and George D at the back to show his versatility, and we continued to rotate in the midfield and attack with youth – as well as Ed and Boots – to wear down their ageing defenders. Eventually, we levelled as Jonny found Boots on the left wing and from an absurd angle he beat their decent keeper with a rocket at his near post. 1-1. It was pretty much one-way traffic now and although we have a tendency to play down the middle of the park, we started to use Arthur and Louis more on the flanks, while Aaron and Matty caused problems in midfield, as did our welcome guest Martin Pickup. Hawks took a deserved lead as George Guillain broke into the D and finished well with a strike into the far corner. It would have been nice to extend the lead and we had the chances to do so, but in the end we comfortably ran out 2-1 winners and got our first points on the board. Thanks to the 4s chaps for umpiring and to the crowd who weathered the elements to support us.
Additional player: Louis Atkins