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M1's Left Kicking Themselves

24 November 2019, 14:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

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The M1's entertained 4th placed Havant on Sunday and were left kicking themselves for dropping more points from a game they could and should have won.  Hawks started brightly and forced a double penalty corner inside the first five minutes.  But polish international Manciej Pacanowski started as he meant to carry on and proved an immovable barrier in the Havant goal.  Hawks generally dominated the opening quarter of the game but were found wanting when it came to the composure needed in front of goal and despite controlling possession they found themselves goalless at the end of the first quarter. 

Hawks profligacy in front of goal was punished early in the second quarter when Havant opened the scoring with a tap in from close range following a swift counter attack down the right flank, a lead the visitors took into the half time break.  The second half saw a continued pattern of good approach play from the home side creating plenty of circle penetrations and goal scoring opportunities.  But the tension in the team was palpable and Hawks lacked the poise to be able to round things off.  And so another 1-0 defeat starred them in the face until, with two minutes remaining, Ted Bennett manoeuvred himself into a good position and his backhand strike at goal was only half saved, leaving Charlie Neat to tap in from a yard out.  A point was no less than Hawks deserved but they will have to get smarter in front of goal if they are to succeed in a division where games are won and lost by fine margins.

Many thanks to Clive Jones for the superb photos.


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