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Hawks M3s are OK vs MK

23 November 2019, 12:30, Woughton Playing Fields

Men's 3s 4 - 1 Milton Keynes Men's 2s

“Go well today Chris - you have a great squad so just keep believing” - The wise words of Mr Motivator Phil who is currently sidelined with injury after fighting 3 grown bears with his bare (no pun intended) hands.

Some of you (Scragg) will be relieved I have reluctantly decided to skip over my review of mid century furniture this week, mainly because I am writing this report on a train, and the decor and upholstery on the 20:02 First Great Western from Didcot Parkway to London Paddington (carriage C) can be summed up in one word.  Moribund. 

With the boys playing in white this week, we were not overly reliant on Anton (and his 3rd XI playing shirt laundry management), which is just as well as the young man joined us half way through the warmup, after apparently being unable to locate his stick? Still, a thorough and intense warmup ensued (second week in a row now) with what balls we had, which topped out at around 4. We still don’t know where they are, so I suppose if anyone sees an orange Sainsbury’s bag (for life?) With around 10 white balls, a couple of dirty orange ones and some grey things in then please return to us.

After producing some sort of off-white/grey sock/sleeve garment to cover his shin pads for the game, Mr Daly appeared to pull up in the warmup, and was out for the game. The reasoning he gave was injury, but growing suspicion was that it was because Ted wasn’t playing, who wasn’t playing because Laurie wasn’t playing.

Anyway the game started, with hawks enjoying strong spells of possession, dictating the play with precise passing and disciplined structure that has become more apparent in recent weeks. Fraser’s mate Michael and a welcome run out for Tom Barrett controlled the middle of the pitch, winning crucial turnovers and nullifying any MK forays toward goal. The back four of Rumsby, Sprent, Flory and A-Ron stood firm, feeding the midfield with well timed and precise play.

After showing patience the Dalai Lama would be proud of, Hawks were rewarded when Robbie Scragg made the most of a messy situation, when the MK players failed to clear and left him to round the keeper and place the ball in an empty net. 1-0 and we were up the beanstalk.

The game continued, with hawks enjoying the lions share of the possession. Jamie Hill, along with his midfield partners of Charlie Hill (unrelated), Frasers mate Michael, Anton (3rd XI playing shirt laundry manager) and Tom Barrett found time and space on the ball, allowing them to open up the MK defence and feed the front three of Scragg, Northfield and Pittaway. The continued pressure lead to Hawks second goal of the game, with a crash ball into a congested circle allowed Tom Barrett to deflect home. 2-0 and the half time whistle sounds.

The second half started much in Hawks’ favour, with the boys in white controlling the play and threatening the MK defence at any opportunity. Boggs stood firm, making crucial stops to deny the opposition any foothold in the game. A fine stick save from a MK PC all but summed up the home teams efforts in front of goal. 

Hawks were rewarded furthermore when Matt Northfield pounced on a loose ball in D to turn and fire home his first of the day, after some fine intricate play allowed Hawks to penetrate the MK circle. Minutes later, after some enforced pressure on the MK back four, Northfield once more won a crucial turn over to then drive and send a fine reverse stick strike underneath the keeper to round off the day. He is then promptly substituted in order to allow the capacity crowd of 12 (unconfirmed) the chance to deliver a standing ovation. 4-0 and we are off to Disneyland. A momentary lapse of concentration meant MK pulled one back to put an end to what was otherwise a well rounded performance for Hawks.

A 4-1 win and we were back in business, and a happy post match Boggs, we thought. Well, that was until we were presented with the post match refreshments that were on offer. Cue vigorous head shaking and words like ‘shambles’ and ‘travesty’ sandwiched (a nod to said refreshments) between some more colourful words. I think the defected shower situation may have set him off, but still we left for Oxford smelling better than the interior of our resident county under 14 coach’s Tango Red (official colour) Ford Fiesta/farmyard. Anyway, on to Marlow at home next week. #Upthehawks.

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