It was a tough first away game of the season for Hawks 4s versus the formidable Amersham & Chalfont. Formidable because Amersham & Chalfont had lost only twice in 46 matches prior to this fixture.
Hawks had a clear game plan: build a solid defensive foundation and catch Amersham & Chalfont on the counter-attack. Parity was achieved in the opening stages, with Hawks moving the ball around well. Matt Oakes and Rich Tyser regularly found themselves on the ball on the righthand side of the pitch, looking to supply Paul Scragg, Arthur Baldock and Simon White at every opportunity.
However, Amersham & Chalfont proved to be a tough nut to crack. Sat atop a lofty hill, their new home facility was a fortress; battered by a bitterly cold wind that swirled around the pitch. They penned Hawks into their own D and, after a series of well-rehearsed short corners, broke the deadlock by finding a man in acres of space to slot the ball home. Hawks were up against it thereafter. Amersham & Chalfont caught Hawks sleeping with a counter-attack of their own and found themselves 2-0 up at half-time. They were firmly in control of this game.
In the second-half Hawks sought to take the game to Amersham & Chalfont and saw chances against the run of play go begging. Out of ideas, luck and legs; Amersham & Chalfont bagged two more goals in the second half to see the game out 4-0 winners. A tough day at the office for Hawks, but an opportunity to bounce back next week against bottom of the league Marlow.