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Stalemate for M1's

18 November 2018, 14:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 1s 2 - 2 Havant Men's 1s

The M1's entertained old rivals Havant on Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash at Banbury Road North in their penultimate league game before the mid-season break.  Hawks started positively and enjoyed strong periods of possession and territorial advantage throughout the first half.  But as in recent weeks, they failed to capitalise on good field positions in round the Havant circle and wasted opportunities to create an opening for a goal shot or to win a penalty corner.  Havant are an experienced team and created their own share of good opportunities, one foiled by a world-class save by George Oyebode in the Hawks goal.  But the deadlock wasn’t broken until Hawks won their first penalty corner of the game five minutes before the half time break, Jack Biggs firing high into the roof of the net.  So a 1-0 half time lead for Hawks, but a feeling that they should have made more of a first half in which they felt they had held the upper hand.  After the break Hawks were unable to lift their play to the same level as the first half, and Havant gradually came into the ascendancy, keeping Hawks pegged back in their own half for a sustained period.  Eventually the pressure told and Havant converted two penalty corners of their own in quick succession midway through the second half and now the visitors looked the more likely winners.  But experienced pro Andy Watts was on hand to settle nerves and equalise with fifteen minutes remaining.  A temporary suspension for Tom Godding with eight minutes left on the clock led to a nervy finish but despite scares and further penalty corners at both ends of the pitch before the final whistle, the game finished 2-2.  Both sides probably felt the game had been winnable, but a draw was a fair result on the balance of play.  The M1's last game before the break is away at table topping Olton next Sunday.


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