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M1's Get Back to Winning Ways

10 March 2019, 13:00

Men's 1s 6 - 2 Chichester Men's 1s

The M1's travelled to Chichester on Sunday hoping to put last weekend’s league and cup disappointments behind them.  Hawks asserted themselves from the start with Daniel Rayney and Olie Lobo quickly getting into their stride in midfield.  One decisive ball carrying run from central midfield by Rayney led to Hawks taking the lead on ten minutes when Rayney finished his run with a clever pass behind his back which allowed Matt Wood to finish precisely in off the far post from ten yards.  Hawks created several excellent goal scoring opportunities throughout the first half but were unable to convert pressure in and around the Chichester circle into further goals.  And they were left to rue their profligacy when the home side forced home from close range one minute before half time to level the scores.   The frailties of the previous weekend could easily have played on their minds, but Hawks showed good character and did not allow the setback to unsettle them.  Five minutes into the second half Jack Biggs converted a penalty corner to settle any nerves and three minutes later, Matt Wood extended the lead with an overhead finish following a neat move involving Andy Watts and Rayney.  A further Biggs penalty corner conversion followed five minutes later and the three goal burst in nine minutes effectively put paid to Chichester’s resistance.  A swift counter attack by Hawks when Chichester turned over the ball saw Andy Watts finish from close range on sixty two minutes after good work from Lobo and Harry Golding and Biggs completed his hattrick with two minutes left on the clock from a well worked corner routine.  There was just enough time for Chichester to grab a very late consolation goal but this was a generally solid performance by Hawks which sees them move up to third in the league table, five points behind leaders Havant with three games left to play.


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