An excellent, much deserved win was achieved by the Mens 6s as they beat a determined Windsor 3s side 4-3 at Windsor Boys School. The 6s are undefeated in four games on the trot now and are playing an excellent style of hockey by constantly passing the ball and using width in their play as much as possible. Catching their hosts off guard, having warmed up with more, erm, enthusiasm than their hosts, who wandered onto the pitch, many of them seemingly with pints in hand, Hawks went one nil up after only 18 seconds as a speculative ball down the middle was feintly touched in the D by Matty, who caused some confusion by hardly claiming it. This galvanised Windsor into action and their more direct style of play caught us out as their nippy forward, Jose, latched onto a long ball and slotted past an exposed Theo in goal after 5 minutes. However, we grew into the game and started moving the ball around and our youthful trio upfront caused the older legs of Windsor a lot of trouble. Two more goals from Hawks came, courtesy of similar well worked moves and identical strikes from Ed B and Matt. 3-1 up at half time, the instructions were to continue to do more of the same, passing and outwitting the opposition, but unfortunately we started the second half nervously and allowed the House of Windsor back into the game. Jose caught us out again at the back to finish off a well worked move, while Will was forced into an excellent goal line clearance. With six minutes to go, a well taken drag flicked corner brought Windsor level at 3-3 and a draw looked like the most likely result. However, we continued to press forward and with a couple of minutes to go, our left half rammed a cross onto the keepers’ pads, which deflected onto the post, before Matt nipped in to retrieve the rebound and tap in for his second goal. A great 4-3 win and Windsor were generous in defeat and the game was played in a great spirit throughout, massively helped by Windsor’s two umpires. Special mentions to Finn, George and Arthur for their leading runs up front, guided expertly by Boots, while Matt put in a man of the match performance in front of his delighted watching family. Great to have Jonathan T playing when he’s not on school duty. The ‘lads’ were delighted with the mountains of pizza and chips in the local pub afterwards.