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So near but so far...

03 November 2018, 12:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 5s 0 - 2 Sonning Men's 3s

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After a difficult start to the season the mens 5s had a chance to get some points on the board against a Sonning side who had yet to win. However, after Hawks had dominated the first few minutes Sonning scored with their first attack (and pretty much their first meaningful touches of the ball). A long ball from the Sonning defence managed to reach the Hawks D after a defensive slip and an excellent reverse stick strike into the bottom corner left Jack with no chance. 1-0 down.

The rest of the first half, and most of the second, showed the Hawks side's potential. The midfield saw plenty of the ball. Barney struck the ball across goal a couple of time but saw it evade the forwards. Alex threatened at the top of the D but couldn't find a way to get a telling shot on goal. Good work from Dan down the lines resulted in strong possession near the by-line but, again, the final ball into the box wouldn't fall to a Hawks player. Hawks even managed to get 1 shot on goal from the 3 short-corners they earned... much discussion about the need to practice these took place in the club-house after the game.

In the meantime, most Sonning attacks were being dealt with comfortably by Andy and Tim in defence, So much so that Jack got bored and decided, with 5 minutes to go, to come out of goal and play as an extra defender so Danny could push up. It was only after the game that Jack confessed to be useless at tackling out-field... lesson learned by the captain. With a couple of minutes left Sonning forced a short-corner as Hawks struggled with the new 11 outfield players formation. Not surprisingly, without a keeper, the result was 2-0.

Surely only a matter of time before the 5s start to get some more points.

MoM was Alex for constantly stretching the Sonning defence. DoD was Jack for getting bored in goal and fancing a few minutes on pitch (mind you, we couldn't remember him having much to do in goal).

Thanks to Evelyn Hargraves for the photos.

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