Supervets lay siege to finally see off Amersham in Cup win
11 November 2018, 15:30, Banbury Road North (Near)
Supervets 2 - 0 Amersham & Chalfont Men's Vets
No game for the Falcons this weekend as it was time for the "Supervets" to don their capes and take on a resurgent Amersham team currently riding high in second place in the Wessex Supervets Alliance in the 1st round of the HA Cup. Only five of the regular Falcons team made the squad with Billington, Jones, Warner, Burrell, Griffiths and Doggett joining regular cup call-ups: Hargraves, Kaye, Hutton, Mahon, Clarke, Sumser, Bennet and Dawson
Buoyed by seeing the 1st XI see off their opponents in the preceding match, manager in residence Hughes sent out what looked to be a very strong line-up and Hawks dominated early possession playing some good controlled and fluid hockey. Amersham were forced to adopt a defensive posture but a lack of goals and the ability for their defence to send long aerials meant there would remain a threat throughout the match.
Hawks were comfortable in moving the ball around the back through midfield and finding the forwards and some good moves led to a number of shots on goal from Bennett and Dawson but the Amersham goalkeeper was having a blinder, also thwarting numerous short corners. But it was yet another short corner where the team switched things up that resulted in the deflected shot at last beating the Amersham goalie only to be stopped on the line by a foot. The resulting flick was put away by Dawson and that was how it stayed until half-time.
Hawks half-time chat was about the need to add a second goal and avoid any sort of breakaway and the team were sent out with renewed vigour. The second half began much the same way as the first with Hawks controlling the ball in what was later described by Amersham coach as an 85% Hawks possession game, but that second goal remained illusive. Amersham, fearing the game was getting away from them, mounted a period of concerted offensive play which produced a couple of short corners but these were wasted and they never really threatened an otherwise bored Hargraves in goal!
With a little under ten minutes to go and with Hughes nerves beginning to fray, Amershams goalie saved yet another shot on target but this time lost the ball beneath his feet and in stumbling backward left space for Bennett to jab the ball home from 6 inches and give the team the comfort of a 2 goal lead which they were able to close the game out from.
The team now move into the next round of the cup and will need to be much sharper in front of goal if they are going to proceed further in the competition, but for the first game together the signs were encouraging!