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Points on the Board for M1's

19 October 2019, 18:00, Polo Farm

Men's 1s 2 - 2 Canterbury Men's 1s

The M1’s picked up their first league point of the season when they returned from Canterbury on Saturday having secured a satisfactory 2-2 draw, but also kicking themselves for not bagging all three points.  The game started evenly with both sides enjoying periods of sustained possession.  But it was Canterbury who opened the scoring after seven minutes when Hawks turned over the ball sloppily in Canterbury territory allowing the home side to counter attack and make a circle penetration.  Despite the Hawks defence shepherding the ball to a relatively harmless position on the top left of the circle, a speculative backhand shot somehow found its way past Chris Price in the Hawks goal.  Undeterred, Hawks stuck to their task but continually made things difficult for themselves with poor routine trapping and passing of the ball.  Nevertheless, they thought they had drawn level on twenty nine minutes when first Ted Bennett saw a shot come back off the inside of the post, and then Rob Dunnill’s follow up was somehow foiled with the goal gapping.  Matters weren’t helped just before half time when Drew Blackburn received a yellow card for a clumsy challenge and, as it subsequently turned out, fractured a collar bone in the process.  Some home truths from coach Todd Williams had the desired effect during the half time break and Hawks came out a different side in the second half.  In the first minute after the break a fine backhand effort from Dunnill again found the post rather than the backboard, and this seemed to galvanise the visitors.  Playing with much greater pace and intensity, Hawks forced their first penalty corner of the game on forty two minutes and Jack Biggs duly fired home.  By now Hawks clearly held the upper hand and although the quarter time break broke their momentum, they deservedly took the lead with twelve minutes left on the clock after composed work from Kit Cutter along the dead ball line resulted in a pin point pull back to Ted Bennett who finished with aplomb.  However, the home side rallied and three minutes later drew level from a penalty corner of their own.  Neither side could find a winner and so 2-2 it finished, leaving Hawks pleased that they had finally broken their league season’s points duck but knowing that, having got their noses in front, they could and should have seen the game out with a little more composure.  League leaders Oxted visit BRN for the M1's first late Saturday afternoon match of the season - push back 5pm..


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