Hydration was the name of the game on Saturday 26th October. The sporting highlight of the weekend- a pulsating 6-1 win for Hawks Men’s 4s versus Marlow 3s- was followed by the first official club social of the season.
The very start of the first half can only be likened to the remnants of a Rebellion IPA keg. Hawks dour and lifeless start saw them go a goal down early on after five or six hacks from Marlow. However, Hawks rolled their sleeves up and wet their lips. Like a smooth blend of Columbian coffee, Matt Oakes and Cian Naik were graceful in midfield. Arthur Baldock drove at Marlow’s defence with purpose and just as you can count on your orange juice as one of your five a day, you could count on Arthur to provide outcomes in the final quarter of the pitch.
As the half wore on, Hawks needed wings. Luke Piper was Hawks’ Red Bull. As resilient as Marlow were, Piper lapped up a chance at the edge of the D to make it 1-1 at the break.
Just as Evie taps a new barrel of Rebellion at the bar, the second half heralded a rejuvenated Hawks. Much like a mature Châteauneuf du Pape, the support from the watching maroon gang was full bodied. Charlie Warner and George Dawson soared up and down the channels like exploding bottles of fizz; Paul Scragg displayed fine trickery like a bottle of Scotch whiskey and, crucially, Luke Piper continued to fly. Three more goals came from the talisman during a tantalising period of hockey. If Piper had the bang, Chris Maidlow and Matt Oakes had the finesse. A tangy Cosmopolitan-esque finish from Maidlow saw him deflect Barney Barbers flick towards the back post; whilst Matt Oakes slid in to the D with a finish of his own late on to down sorry Marlow.
On the theme of drinking responsibly; a reminder to all, but especially any Hawks 4s goalkeepers, to drink water. Toe cramp is no laughing matter, as Jack Sobey will uphold. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Thanks to Evelyn Hargraves for the great photos.