We are in danger of wearing out this cliche, but the final score doesn't reflect the competitive nature of this game nor the hockey that Hawks played at times.
Hawks started well straight out of the traps and controlled the game for most of the first half, going ahead early on through a neat finish from Tyser, but were pegged back 10 minutes later. Aylesbury took the lead before a White combo saw Whitey Senior finish with commitment at the back post, taking the post with him but thankfully coming out without serious injury, from a Whitey Junior pass. Hawks were playing patient hockey, holding the ball all over the pitch and playing it round the back effectively. Will called the shots from the back defensively and the whole team worked hard when the ball was lost.
At 2-2 at half time Hawks were looking for more of the same and felt the game was there to be won. Hawks started the half brightly and continued a patient game, keeping possession well and continuing to work on and off the ball. 10 minutes into the half Hawks fell behind again and then shipped a fourth soon after. Heads didn't drop and Hawks persisted with their game with the conviction that they could pull 2 back, though found frustration around the congested D against an organised defence. It wasn't to be however, and 2 more excellent reverse-hit strikes gave Ben, who had made several saves to keep Hawks in touching distance, no chance at all.
Right through to the end, the team continued to work hard all over the pitch and played some high-quality hockey. Sometimes you are on the wrong end of a big score and reflect on a poor performance, but after the full-time whistle, all agreed that there were many positives to take away from the performance and the team is looking forward to the next game when they can step it up again and come away with the points.