Much like the curry night on the evening of Saturday 5th October (more to follow), it was a spicy encounter between Hawks Men’s 4s and Windsor 1s.
Windsor 1s are a surprising package to many: the Leicester City of 2015/2016. Indeed, Hawks started the game on the back foot, with Windsor threatening the D regularly in the opening five minutes.
Hawks were resilient, however, and took the game right back to Windsor with aplomb. Short corners were aplenty, with Martin Pickup and Luke Piper rifling finishes past the Windsor goalkeeper. Patient build-up play was a feature of the half and, after breaking down Windsor in the middle of the pitch, there was a masterclass from Luke Piper; silkily beating two defenders before slamming the ball into the bottom left corner from the right hand side of the D to make it 3-0 to Hawks at half-time.
There was no let-up in the second half. Hawks went for the jugular and drove at Windsor’s defence in numbers. Martin Pickup completed his hattrick with two more well taken reverse stick finishes- the first hat trick of its kind since statistics were published for the 4s. Fraser Daly also joined the goal fest with one of his own; much to the dismay of Andy Clarke, who was hoping for one of his own!
Unfortunately, there was still time for Windsor to collect a late consolation goal, preventing Hawks from picking up their first clean sheet of the season. The match finished 6-1, much to the delight of the maroon gang cheering from the side-lines.
A sensational evening of curry and beers followed. Captain Guy Biggs and Matt Oakes were sensible enough to listen to the menu choice of guest attendee, Robert Scragg, and opted for a chicken tikka masala. Some interesting, and arguably flair, mains were selected by defender Tom Harris and Andy Clark. This left Paul Scragg to brave the somewhat underrated chicken madras. With mixed fortunes, the evening ended Scraggy 0-1 chicken madras. Some eventful dancing followed at O’Neills before our men in maroon departed, reflecting on an eventful day all round.