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M1's Lose By Just The Odd Goal (Again)

17 November 2019, 14:30, Southgate HC

Men's 1s 1 - 2 Southgate Mens' 1s

Southgate were the M1's hosts on Sunday and moved to the top of EHL Division One (South) with a 2-1 win.  Hawks generally lacked the focus and intensity of the previous week's win over Fareham and allowed Southgate to dictate the play from the start.  Too many players were 'off peak' and Southgate opened the scoring in the twenty second minute when a cheaply conceded penalty corner was eventually scrambled home as Hawks failed to clear their lines from an initial save.  Eight minutes later Hawks conceded again when an aerial pass from defence was half charged down, allowing Southgate to mount an attack that would  ultimately lead to a second goal for the home side.  Hawks rallied somewhat in the second half but their play remained lethargic.  Passes were either not seen or missed their target and Hawks play was too disjointed to mount any sustained periods of pressure on the home defence.  But Southgate too lacked penetration up front and as long as the deficit remained at just two goals, Hawks felt they still had a chance to get back into the game.  Their perseverance was rewarded when a Southgate defender went to ground in the circle, leading to a yellow card and the conversion of the resultant penalty stroke by Jack Biggs.  With tails now up and twelve minutes remaining, Hawks continued to press but still without any real conviction, leaving Southgate to run the clock down on the game to secure the three points that now see them top the table.



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