Hawks 6s were caught cold by a rampant Newbury and Thatcham 4s side, who were well up for the battle to come and scored three times in the first ten minutes. Playing with their usual blend of youth and experience, the 6s welcomed guest stars Dunners and Foggy who were brought into the action soon after we had gone three down and they certainly helped in the fightback. Having been susceptible to Newbury’s direct approach i.e. whacking the ball down the middle on the break, we were undone by defensive lapses, decent attacking play (to be fair) and an unfortunate call on the line to concede a stroke. However, the team is nothing if not resilient and worked their way back into the game by keeping the ball as much as possible and this passing approach caused Thatcham much consternation as we started to ramp up the intensity and created several scoring opportunities, many of them from canny leading runs from Boots. Although we were denied by their keeper on several occasions, we started the second half in the best possible way by pulling a goal back with a classic goal down the left as Atkins Sr found Matty who’d made a decent leading run, who slipped it to Finn who crossed for Atkins Jr to slot home. It was all one way traffic now – in Hawks’ favour – and was really disappointing to get hit on the break for N&T to regain a three goal lead. Despite this further setback, we continued to dominate possession and created several further chances only to find their keeper in inspired form, although our keeper Theo was also on hand to make a terrific chest save late on. So, a disappointing result against strong opposition, but Hawks played well and player manager Ed Baldock was fairly happy with a “good performance overall”. Mentions also to Finn and Louis who worked tirelessly upfront, while George Dawson was influential at right half and Charlie had another solid game. It’s always difficult to win from three goals down and the team will have learnt a valuable lesson in being ready for the fight from the first whistle. Thanks to Barney and his mate from the 5s for umpiring in noisy conditions.