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M1's Finally Hit Their Straps

09 November 2019, 17:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 1s 8 - 1 Fareham Men's 1s

The M1's entertained Fareham on Saturday afternoon still looking for their first three pointer of the season and knowing that a win would lift them off the bottom of the table.  Hawks started brightly and with only five minutes played a Jack Biggs aerial pass was missed by a visiting defender allowing Alex Copestake to latch onto the ball and finish with a crisp reverse stick strike from the top of the circle.  Seven minutes later a Fareham defender was green carded for a heavy challenge and Biggs made it 2-0 from the resultant penalty corner.  By now Hawks were dominating the play and a third goal arrived in the twenty sixth minute when Copestake fired high into the net from a tight angle following good approach work by Kit Cutter.  Fareham were unable to stem the tide and two minutes into the second half Biggs stretched the lead from another penalty corner which was won following some intricate passes exchanged between Freddie Foster, who had a fine game, and Alex Copestake. 

The game then entered a quiet phase, with Hawks perhaps feeling that the job was done.  However a series of penalty corners won but not converted by the visitors seemed to cajole Hawks back into life and in the fifty sixth minute Hawks scored their best goal of the game when the ball was worked well out of defence allowing Matt Wood to carry the ball decisively and then find Foster in the circle. His precise pass picked out Ted Bennett at the far post who finished off the move with aplomb.  Outstanding combination play.  Hawks tails were now up and a further three goals followed in the space of just three minutes.  First a Josh Wierszycki pass found Copestake unmarked at the far post to complete his hattrick.  Two minutes later a Fareham mistrap resulted in a Ted Bennett cross giving Matt Wood the simplest of finishes and finally a direct ball into the circle from Sam Nutt found Copestake in space and with the time to lift the ball into the net to complete a great afternoon for him.  The gloss was slightly spoiled when Hawks conceded a couple of late penalty corners and despite a final double save from Chris Price at the second, Fareham managed to force the ball home for a late consolation goal.  Head Coach Todd Williams was delighted with his side's performance, saying "It was great to be back in charge of the team today.  Drew did an excellent job as stand in last week but I think the result today tells you why he was, and will remain, a caretaker". 


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