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M1's Salvage a Point at the Death

08 December 2019, 13:30, Henry Cort

Men's 1s 1 - 1 Fareham Men's 1s

The M1's travelled to Fareham on Sunday for a battle between the teams occupying the two bottom spots in the division.  Despite having already beaten Fareham 8-1 in the reverse fixture only a few weeks earlier, Hawks expected an entirely different game this time around – and they were not wrong.  Hawks started by the far the brighter of the two teams and took the game to their hosts in confident manner throughout the first quarter.  But when their good play was not rewarded with a goal, they relinquished control in the second quarter and never really regained a firm foothold back in the game.  Hawks were their own worst enemy, too frequently compounding mis-traps and ill-directed passes with bad decision making and consequently, throughout the second and third quarters, Fareham looked the more threatening team and most likely to score.  And score they did, towards the end of the third quarter from a scrambled penalty corner leaving Hawks starring into the jaws of a defeat that would have left them bottom of the table heading into Christmas.  Still Hawks could not summon the composure to haul themselves back into the game, and only a string of fine saves and clearances from Chris Price kept Hawks in the game.  The home side could count themselves unlucky when a second penalty corner goal was fortuitously (for Hawks) ruled out.  It was only in the dying minutes of the game that Hawks found a way of putting pressure on the Fareham circle and eventually a speculative long ball into the circle from Ed Ellis found its way to Ted Bennett, who was felled from behind.  With quite literally seconds left on the clock Jack Biggs stepped up to convert the resultant penalty stroke and salvage an unlikely but possibly priceless point from a game that had looked lost.  The mid-season interval in the league programme will be a welcome break for Hawks, who will hope to rediscover some form in an EH Cup tie away in Birmingham next Saturday without the pressure of the league table.


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