It was time for the men in maroon to step out of Christmas and step back into the demands of MBBO division two. A short trip up the M40 to Wycombe was on the agenda.
The home side were put under early pressure by Hawks. Simon Dawson and Luke Piper pressed high, whilst Ed Baldock and Rich Tyser pulled the strings in midfield. Wycombe surrendered possession far too easily and gave Hawks some glorious early chances, one of which was taken by Arthur Baldock. Keeping it in the family, Dad Ed played a delicate through ball for Arthur to nonchalantly take around the goalkeeper and thud home. 1-0 to Hawks.
For both teams, surrendering possession proved to be a theme throughout this game. With a spritely team, Wycombe were the beneficiaries and created numerous counter-attacking opportunities. Even with a handful of short corners however, Wycombe were unable to convert. The plaudits must go to Jack Sobey and Tom Harris for solid performances, which ultimately kept the sky blues at bay.
A tense finish to the game saw skipper Guy Biggs yellow carded for failing to control his teammates, despite such a calm demeanour when conversing with the match umpire. Hawks were required to dig deep and stay composed. Despite a late flurry of half-chances for Wycombe, Hawks managed to see the game out 1-0.
Showers at Banbury Road North and a pint at The Plough followed. Guy Biggs was left red faced, once again, after mistakenly pitching up for a solitary Brakspear at Jacob’s Inn. Fortunately, he was spared of DoD by David Cooke, who copped some stick for a memorable aerial! Danny Johnson, sat proudly in his initialled shorts, sipped smugly away at his frothy ale, as the rest of the squad reflected on a pleasing, if forgettable, victory.