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M1's Well Beaten

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

Men's 1s 0 - 4 Sevenoaks Men's 1s

The M1's were well beaten by Sevenoaks at Banbury Road North on Saturday.  Despite the arctic conditions, Sevenoaks looked like a team that had been playing in the EHL Prem as recently as last season, and had the upper hand over Hawks in all facets of the game.  Hawks didn’t help themselves by having an off-day, and they were never really in the game.  Sevenoaks opened the scoring as early as the seventh minute when Hawks coughed up possession in their own half, allowing the visitors to move the ball to the top left of the circle from where it was clinically dispatched off the back hand into the far bottom corner.  Although Hawks exacted some measure of control in the second quarter of the game, they never really threatened the Sevenoaks goal and it was left to Sevenoaks to extend their lead two minutes before half time when Hawks again gave the ball away needlessly, allowing the visitors to force a penalty corner which they converted.  The second half was very much one way traffic, although the Hawks rearguard were resolute in thwarting  wave after wave of flowing moves from the visitors.  But a third goal came towards the end of the third quarter when a penetrating move and forceful individual run saw the ball moved around the back of the Hawks back line for a simple finish from close in.  Hawks only real goal threat was a penalty corner that was skillfully cleared off the goal line and Sevenoaks wrapped up the points with fifteen minutes remaining for a convincing 4-0 win.  Hawks know they can play much better, and will need to rediscover some form for the important bottom of the table clash at Fareham next Sunday.

 

 

 

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