After killing much of the afternoon, Hawks met their old foes, Wallingford, for a floodlit MBBO division two clash.
In stark contrast to their fixture against Windsor last week, Hawks started on the front foot. After changing their formation at the beginning of the new year, Matt Oakes impressed in more of an attacking role for the men in maroon. The phwoars soared forwards but remained patient in pursuit of a goal.
Wallingford gave as good as they got. The chequered green and whites were threading the ball neatly through Hawks’ midfield. Indeed, it was some fine passing that saw Wallingford make the breakthrough in this tightly contested game; albeit due to a lapse in concentration from Hawks. The ball fell to a Wallingford forward, who swivelled and released a rather tame effort to make it 1-0. Despite continued pressure from Hawks, it remained 1-0 for the remainder of the first half.
It was more of the same from Hawks in the second half. A confident George Dawson distributed the ball well along the right channel, whilst James Holder stood out alongside Tom Harris in defence. Hawks continued to knock on Wallingford’s door. Arthur Baldock was a menace up front and decisive passing from Toby Maclachan ensured Hawks were still in the game.
As the half wore on, Hawks pushed further forward in search of an equaliser. It was desperate from the men in maroon and despite much endeavour, the end-product was simply missing. As they surrendered possession, counter-attacking opportunities were presented to Wallingford. A one-on-one opportunity fell to Wallingford’s goalscorer; however, he was thwarted by captain Guy Biggs, who was green carded for what was deemed to have been a poorly timed tackle.
In the two minutes that followed, Wallingford could not take advantage with their extra player. However, they would not let their final counter-attacking opportunity go begging in the closing minutes of the game. Hawks were camped in Wallingford’s half and, after running the ball into their oppositions’ stick (again!), it was route one for ‘Wally’, who scored a goal straight out of Sam Allardyce’s infamous coaching manual.
It finished 2-0. The score-line was harsh but true- Hawks simply couldn’t find a goal. However, they will take many positives into another crucial fixture against Amersham & Chalfont next week.