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M1's Suffer First Setback

20 October 2018, 18:00

Men's 1s 2 - 5 University of Birmingham Men's 1s

The M1's visited Birmingham on Saturday for an early evening match under floodlights and were duly handed a lesson by the students.  The first half was a mostly evenly contested affair with both sides having a fair share of territory and possession and a goal each to show for their efforts with five minutes to go before the half time break – Kit Cutter having leveled the scores for Hawks on twenty five minutes after the students had taken the lead six minutes earlier.  But in that five minute spell before half time Hawks conceded two goals, both converted penalty corners low into the bottom corner, which gave the home side all the impetus going into the second half.  Hawks knew that they needed to score first after the re-start to regain a foothold in the match, and the ever reliable Andy Watts duly obliged with ten minutes gone in the second half to give Hawks genuine belief that they could turn the game around.  But they committed the cardinal sin of conceding a fourth goal within a minute of Watts goal and from that point on the students never looked back, playing at a pace and with a level of comfort on the ball that Hawks could not match.  Hawks huffed and puffed but  they didn't offer any sustained threat and failed to convert their many counter attacks into either goal scoring opportunities or penalty corners.  So a reality check for the M1's - probably no bad thing - and a need to regroup before next weekend’s test at Banbury Road North against Cardiff.


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