The M1's suffered back to back defeats for the first time in two years on Sunday when they followed up their defeat at Birmingham last week with another loss, this time by 4-1 at home to a strong Cardiff & Met. Hawks started brightly and got the ball forward at every opportunity, putting the visitors under early pressure. But probably against the run of play, Cardiff opened the scoring on thirteen minutes from a swift counter attack. Hawks continued to press and had plenty of possession in the final third of the pitch. But the Cardiff defence was resilient and very well organised and Hawks could not find a way to break through or even force a penalty corner.
Hawks finally won their first, and as it turned out only, penalty corner of the game early in the second half and a Jack Biggs drag flick found a foot on the goal line. But Biggs was unable to convert the resultant penalty stroke and that miss was magnified when, three minutes later, Cardiff extended their lead with a neat close range finish following a flowing move. Ton Elias reduced the arrears five minutes later with his first goal for the Club and other chances were wasted through poor execution in the D. But Hawks problems worsened when Biggs was shown a needless yellow card midway through the second half and to compound the crime, Cardiff added a third goal with Biggs sitting out his temporary suspension. Cardiff wrapped things up with a fourth open play goal two minutes from time to leave Hawks with nothing to show from the game despite having had plenty of possession in and around the Cardiff circle. Plenty to work on before the trip to Exeter next weekend.
Thanks to Clive Jones for the excellent photos