As Hawks touched down in Windsor, youngsters George Dawson and Arthur Baldock couldn’t help but notice Legoland was only a stone’s throw away from Windsor Boy’s School. As stalwart Tom Harris shared a vivid description of his Lego lighthouse erection, skipper Guy Biggs could not help but feel a win against Windsor would build the metaphorical blocks to mount a push for 3rd place in MBBO division 2.
It was a customary bright start from Hawks. After some delightful build-up play, orchestrated by the returning Toby Maclachlan, Hawks spawned an early chance but could not put the ball past the Windsor goalkeeper. As the half wore on, a goal proved hard to come by for both teams. The form guide would suggest it would be Hawks to score first, after scoring six and conceding none in their last two outings. However, the deadlock was broken midway through the first half by the dark green of Windsor, as Hawks failed to close the opposition down quickly enough.
As Windsor began to dictate the game, Hawks looked to force the ball and were generally very wasteful when in possession. Then, a lifeline. A half-chance fell to Luke Piper and at the first time of asking, he duly hammered the ball against Windsor’s backboard to put Hawks right back in it.
Sloppy play from the phwoars saw Windsor back in Hawks’ half of the pitch minutes later. A short corner was awarded, and a rather tame effort was converted by Windsor. Hawks might as well have been sitting in the unwelcome M4 traffic.
Having had a proverbial rocket fired up their backsides, Hawks came out in the second half with renewed vigour. Chris Maidlow and Paul Scragg lead the line well and forced Windsor into mistakes of their own. The men in maroon began to flood forward. Hawks could sense a comeback. Step forward Barney Barber, who took the game by the scruff of the neck. He slalomed into Windsor’s D and fired home a reverse stick effort, much to the delight of his teammates. Hawks’ tails were up.
Cometh the hour, cometh Luke Piper. Hawks’ talisman could not be kept quiet for the entire game. Within the space of ten minutes, Piper manufactured two chances and slammed both above the Windsor backboard and into the net. At 4-2, Hawks were finally in control.
A tense closing ten minutes followed. Despite a flurry of Windsor short corners, superb resilience from Tom Harris kept the dark greens out. However, a momentary lapse in the final three minutes of the game saw Windsor pummel the ball past Ben Pearce to make Hawks sweat. A barrage of dark green followed- Hawks were camped deep in their own half. Much to their dismay, they could not hold on. A fluky deflection saw Windsor pinch a point right at the death.
The game finished 4-4. In a game where Hawks never really reached fifth gear; a draw will do them no harm as further testing fixtures await.