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Magnificent '7's' Ride on...

16 November 2019, 10:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 7s 6 - 3 Aylesbury Men's 5s

Aylesbury and Tring Development side are new comers to our league and arrived at BRN with a handful of adults and majority youth who were most certainly Gen Z.  We knew the adult players had played at high level and this soon told as Aylesbury took the early lead with good passing moves.

Hawks soon settled, and Cairns and Venables worked out that we needed to neutralise they key men in the centre of the field and put pressure on the younger players.  The pre match team talk also bore fruit as Hawks controlled the ball, passed early and used the width.  The score was leveled after 10 by Venables following a good passing move from McGrigor and Darby.

Hawks started to defend well and keeper Theo again made some good saves.  Most importantly we continued to pass and used the width and so came to pass an Elliott hat trick before half time. The highlight being the rarity of a passing manoeuvre between Darby and Elliot.

Hawks were conscious of the fact that Aylesbury still had the potential to strike back and this proved to be with an early 2nd half goal and a later excellent deflection goal.  Aylesbury then succumbed to a few injuries and Hawks took the margin back to 3 through an Elliott 4th and  Andy Graham then struck and well hit goal and the final score was a 6-3 win to Hawks.

What the narrative above doesn't explain are the number of opportunities missed by the 7's front man Steve Elliot who lived up to his nick name 'Barney'....(couldn't hit a barn door from 2 yards).  Both teams enjoyed the air shots, wide shots and balls on foot.  Nothing can take away Barney's enthusiasm and the fact that he does score some great goals. So to the three accolades…Man of the Match/ DOD and Double DOD as voted for by Aylesbury in the bar afterwards.  Also mentioned in dispatches were Andrew Watson who pressured the opposition, Richard Webb who had an increasingly assured game and Theo.

Thanks to Chair and Dawes for umpiring and the occasional tutoring to some of the younger players. A great turkey curry from Jan and her team and beer supplied by Elliott was a great start to the day.


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