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M1's Struggle Again To Find Their Gears

06 October 2019

Men's 1s 0 - 1 Teddington Men's 1s

The M1’s travelled to London on Sunday to take on experienced national league campaigners Teddington.  Whilst their performance improved on their outing at Brighton the week before, Hawks still struggled to get out of low gear and the game was very much a rear guard action for the visitors - their resolute defence eventually breached with just seven minutes remaining on the clock.  Hawks had started brightly and took the game to the hosts in the first quarter.  But Teddington gradually gained a stranglehold on possession which they didn’t relinquish until the final ten minutes of the game.  The encounter saw Hawks pinned back in their own half for much of the time with Teddington dominating possession and territory both quarters either side of half time.  However, despite the considerable pressure the Hawks defence held firm and the home side created very few clear goalscoring opportunities despite their territorial advantage.  Hawks didn’t manage the ball well and cheap turnovers meant they couldn’t find any real rhythm to their game.  However, with an unlikely point in sight, Hawks eventually found a way to force a couple of penalty corners for themselves with ten minutes of the game remaining.  Ironically, this was to prove their undoing as failure to follow up on a rebound from the keepers pads allowed Teddington a chance for a quick counter attack.  With the Hawks defence out of position for the first time, Teddington worked the ball into the circle where a fortunate deflection saw the ball squeeze past Chris Price in the Hawks goal.  Hawks threw all they could at Teddington in the dying minutes but to no avail and just the one goal separated the sides at the final whistle.  So plenty of work to be done on the training pitch this week ahead of the first home league game for the M1’s next Sunday, 2.00pm at BRN.


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