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Oxford Hawks 6s stage a remarkable comeback at Maidenhead & Bray

01 December 2018

Men's 6s 6 - 4 Maidenhead Magicians

The Mens 6s produced an irresistable performance on Saturday as they came from three goals down to defeat Maidenhead 6-4 at Altwood School. Given the graveyard shift of 4.15pm, we had plenty of time for a decent warm up and we duly obliged, only to be blown away by the pace of the Berkshire side, who were quicker out of the blocks  as we repeatedly got hit on the break and our back four seemingly stretched and isolated. Two well taken goals and a decent drag flicked short corner meant that after only 15 minutes the score was three nil. Which meant we had to resort to the big gun and called for Boots off the bench. The defence began to play tighter and we started to get more possession in midfield and towards the end of the half, Boots latched on to a spiralling ball at the top of the D and half volleyed it hard into the back of the goal. HT 1-3 The classic ‘next goal will be crucial’ rallying cry from Ed was taken onboard by the skipper himself as we immediately won a short corner and from a slip Baldock made it 2-3; then straight away, Boots creamed one into the roof of the net from wide on the left to gain parity. Hawks were definitely on a roll now and Dunners, Ed and Foggy were becoming more influential by the minute. We won another short corner and although Boots’ initial shot was saved by their increasingly tormented M’head keeper, Matty H followed up and we took the lead for the first time. However, somehow we allowed the ‘Head back into the game and they equalised despite Dunners’ best efforts on the line. All to play for then, but we were now dominating the match and Boots struck with a blistering corner to retake the lead, before a crisp passing display was finished off by Arthur B with a dainty pirouette and reverse touch to make it 6-4. This result didn’t look likely 50 minutes earlier, but demonstrates how well the 6s are coming along with their blend of youth and gnarly old experience. We finish off the first half of the season with a crunch game against Marlow on Saturday who are perched at the top of the league, as we lie, waiting, in third spot.



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