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Mens 7s stroll to victory against Abingdon 3's

19 October 2019, 10:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 7s 4 - 1 Abingdon Men's 3s

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After a gruelling but enjoyable game last week which we narrowly lost by a single goal with 5 minutes to play, the Men's 7s were in need of a win to keep them off the bottom part of the table...After Theo's amazing performance at South Berks, who else was going to step up this week???

Availability was rampant so a full squad of 16 was selected (!!) with a mix of young, not so young and quite old, with a similar mix of hockey ability....

The return of Will Cairns was a massive gamble for the skipper, as he had played much below our normal standard last year in Dave Cookie's side...but the gamble paid off. it was like he had never been away...

Messrs Cairns, Venables and Image sometimes stroked the ball around in midfield and half time came and we were 3-0 up, although one wonders if they had someone of Theo's pedigree in goal if it would have been so relaxed at HT....

Goals from Shambles and Venables (x2) had set the first half up, but it really should have been more, and Theo had also made some useful clearances in goal.

Second half saw Hawks play better, with co MoM Peter Hobbs having a great game at  wing back, and more chances should have been taken by Hawks. Rich Venables (the other co MOM) scored a third to get his well earned hat trick, and despite some great saves, Abingdon somehow managed to beat Theo with a consolation goal. 

There was a notable miss from the hard working Andy Graham, who managed to miss from a yard, he was obviously trying to fill the gap for Mr Elliott who was absent DoD to Andy….

Enjoyable game, 3 points  bagged, we face Henley next week without Venables, Cairns, Image and Hobbs all absent.....

Watch this space....

Thanks to Kit and Sam who umpired extremely well.  Thanks also to Evelyn Hargreaves for the excellent photos.

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