On a cold, grey and wet afternoon, the O50's cup side eventually found their way through multiple accidents and much traffic to the Warminster pitch of West Wilts, their opponents for round 2 of the HA Cup.
Without a number of usual players the coin-toss was made with only 9 of the available 12 players actually being on the pitch, Hughes leadership came to the fore and with an agreed 10 minute delay Hawks were soon joined by the last car and a further trio of players. The traumatic journey seemed to take its toll and the home side made hay whilst Hawks tried to settle on a difficult surface, putting pressure on every player very quickly, picking up the pace of the ball much quicker and playing some very good disciplined hockey themselves, before Hawks knew what was happening West Wilts were 2-0 up.
As the half played on and the drizzle perpetuated, Hawks eventually began to settle and were rewarded when Sumser picked up a deflected shot waist high, knee high for the average player ;) controlled it and hit his shot into a heavily guarded goal. Half-time 2-1 to the home team and shoots of optimism for the visitors. A passionate half-time speech ensued with skipper Gary Mahon, vice skip - Russ Warner and the management team of John Kaluza and David Hughes all convinced Hawks could find a way back despite a very capable opposition.
Hawks did rally and were much more in the game in the second half with a number of short-corners, alas, as is our way this season all came to nothing and it was doubly disappointing therefore when West Wilts managed to miss-hit a shot which Hargraves could only watch in dismay as it bobbled its way into his goal to give a 3-1 lead.
Hawks weren't to go down without a fight and with the game opening up they were able to create several chances and when Doggett got on the end of one of these making if 3-2 the belief was still there. Despite a late push, some good interplay between defence and midfield, a shot from Venables that had several players momentarily very excited (wasn't as close as first thought) and a further short corner the clock unfortunately ran out!
West Wilts were worthy winners of a hard fought cup-tie, whilst Hawks need to think about the speed of pass and movement. Thanks to Wilts for their post match hospitality and we wish them well in the next round, hoping we maybe get a chance in future years to exact revenge...