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A White brace brightens the win despite a Haslemere fight back

13 October 2018, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Falcons 4 - 2 Haslemere Men's Vets

After last weeks draw in the midst of an Autumn storm we returned to BRN in what can only be described as a mini heatwave to face Haselmere.

A full squad gave cause for optimism and Hawks took an early 1 goal lead from a short corner when Kaluza turned in Bears strike on goal.  Hawks were playing some good hockey moving the ball around the pitch and stretching the opposition. Shortly after the first goal Whitey found himself driving into the D and managed to carry the ball past the goalie and into an open goal.  At 2-0 up Hawks looked in complete control and on the occasion Haselmere got into our 25 the defence of Jones, Blomley, Billington and Robinson looked very solid so it was a surprise when an optimistic shot beat Wilsdon to bring the score back to 2-1.  It transpired Wilsdon had picked up an injury and had been unable to move for the Haselmere strike, he departed the pitch immediately thereafter.

At this point Hawks had to switch to a kicking-back with Robinson volunteering to fill the breach and despite the expected onslaught kept the score unchanged at half-time

In the second half Hawks sought to keep a defensive shape and protect Robinson in goal and when Whitey picked up the ball just outside the D having moved to left wing and stepped inside unleashing a rocket Hawks regained the 2 goal buffer their play had deserved.  

Robinson as kicking back made a couple of very good saves including one stop on the line, which gave Hawks the confidence to mount further attacks and even a brief handbags moment between Griffiths and Kaluza for a stray pass couldn't stop Hawks adding a fourth through Bear.  A late error in defence turning back into trouble when the easier option was to put the ball out to the left by-line resulted in Haselmere having an easy pass to add a second but by this stage the game was won.

Final Score 4-2 to Hawks with Griffiths and Kaluza best of friends again!!

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