Following their title winning match, the previous weekend, a depleted Hawks team made the journey to Newbury determined to finish on a high.
A distress call from Hitch Hutton 25 minutes from the start of the game was the last thing required. Broadsword calling Danny Boy – ‘I’m losing oil -mayday, mayday’. 12 became 11.
At pitch side it was quickly observed that the opponents were playing in red. Hawks’ magenta shirts may have caused issues, white shirts no where to be seen – fortunately a bag of blue bibs emerged from the Newbury huddle.
Hawks started swiftly with Jonty Atkins scoring once more, this time cleverly using a defender’s stick to propel the ball into the goal. It was now over to Laird senior. Scoring from all angles and distances the St Enodoc Pairs Golf Champ, stroked home 5 goals in quick succession. 17 goals in 6 games from Laird – impressive stuff. Further goals from the excellent Aaron Tyler Chamberlain and the exhausted Ed Baldock left the score 8-1 to Hawks at the interval.
The second half was a different story. Newbury and Thatcham dominated possession and pressed the tiring Hawks team. Charlie Warner and Will Laird marshalled the defence with great authority whilst the willing Shepherd and Walsh showed great experience to combat the Newbury onslaught. Arthur Baldock and Louis Atkins working hard to gain some sort of control for Hawks. Ben Pearce, rightly selected as man of the match, made a host of saves to deny the enthusiastic Newbury forward line.
Hawks scored their 99th goal of the season to make it 9-2, Baldock senior pushing into an open goal, and although Newbury scored a consolation goal the Hawks team, due to a ruthless first half performance, took the spoils.
A fitting way to end the season and fantastic run of 43 points from the last 15 games. Well done to all involved.