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M1's Continue Encouraging Start to League Campaign

14 October 2018, 14:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 1s 4 - 1 Chichester Men's 1s

The M1's continued their encouraging start to their National League campaign with a 4-1 win over visitors Chichester on Sunday.  The miserable weather didn’t seem to deter either side and the scoreboard soon started ticking over quickly when Kit Cutter finished well after a defensive slip to put the home side one up.  A long aerial ball from Jack Biggs helped Cutter to add a second a minute later with a well taken reverse stick strike and Hawks were suddenly looking well set.  However, two minutes later Chichester reduced the arrears with a smart follow up after an initial save from George Oyebode in the Hawks goal.  Not to be outdone, Hawks restored their two goal advantage with just thirteen minutes played when Andy Watts finished off a direct move with his usual aplomb.  As is then often the case after such a quick start, the goals dried up through the remainder of the first half and Hawks reached the break 3-1 to the good.  Watts was on hand again eleven minutes into the second half to give Hawks real breathing space and thereafter Hawks looked relatively untroubled despite one or two loose defensive moments which called on Oyebode to make one outstanding save and allowed Chichester to force a handful of penalty corners.  However, the visitors didn’t really threaten to convert and Hawks wasted several gilt edged opportunities themselves to put their opponents to the sword in the last fifteen minutes, one effort from Ed Tristem coming back off the post.  A comfortable 4-1 victory puts Hawks on top of the Conference table, albeit with just three games played, but sterner tests probably lay ahead.


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