Never has an away draw felt so much like a defeat as it did away against South Berks Vets in Wokingham on Saturday. Without a couple of regular players a squad of 12 made the journey east in another autumn heatwave and early on there was good cause for optimism with Hawks having much the greater possession which was rewarded mid-way through the first half when a melee in the Berks D resulted in Breen putting into an open goal 1-0.
However, Hawks were unable to convert their dominance into further goals and South Berks former Reading attacking midfielder was able to run from half-way into the Hawks D and despatch a cracking strike beyond the otherwise spectator Wilsdon back in goal after last weeks injury 1-1 and this was how it stayed until half-time.
Warner tried to rally the team for the second half and it appeared to work when Hawks went 2-1 up after a bizzare attack where a mis-hit shot from Kaluza led to the ball bouncing up off the turf where White then struck the ball goalward only to see the ball bounce up again off the goalkeeper - it seemed to take an age before it first hit the cross bar and then post before nestling in the back of the goal.
set in again for Hawks and with the inevitable period of dominance from the home team, they scoree a second equaliser and it could have been worse barring a spectacular sliding tackle from Robinson thwarting a promising Berks attack.
A late push by Hawks failed to achieve the deserved win and the game ended with a final score of 2-2. The mood in the dressing room was much the same as the 6-1 defeat at Woking several weeks earlier which sums up the level of disappointment the team were feeling!
The discussion in the pub on the way home stopover was about the need for a regular quality goalscorer - if anyone knows of an O45 looking to bag a hat-full of goals that the team seem able to create on a regular basis please let us know!!