Twas a cold winter’s day on BRN and…
The Fives were looking to make amends for the 7-2 reverse in the corresponding away fixture at the start of the season.
In contrast to the previous week, when things didn’t quite click, the team played a good possession game, with rapid switching around the back giving more space to press the opposition. Good hold up play and return to the midfield allowed the team to keep the ball for longer periods and control the pace of the game.
The defence kept number 3, who scored 4 in the reverse fixture, quiet for the whole game, much to his frustration.
Big Dog in goals rolled back the years with some agile goal-keeping, memorably getting down to block from a 16, stop the follow up and sweep definitively off the side of the pitch.
Another returning legend was Foggy, with his trademark sliding tackles and intimidating presence.
Order of scoring. 0-1, 1-1, 2-1.
Ed 'scuffed one in.'
Bradley Fogden capped off a confident, aggressive MotM display with a fine strike to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
Hawks could have made it more comfortable by taking a number of good chances and the opposition did get a handful of chances which set nerves jangling, but the end result was the right one and Hawks Fives deservedly move up to 2nd place again.