The M1's resumed their league campaign on Saturday following the long mid-season break with a resilient 3-3 draw at home against Southgate. Hawks started brightly and played probably their best hockey of the match in an opening 15 minute spell when they initially weathered some early Southgate pressure before gaining some momentum themselves. During this spell Ed Tristem opened the scoring for the home side with a fierce reverse stick strike from the top of the circle following good approach work from Aussie Tom Miotto. Southgate were always in the game and levelled the scores on twenty one minutes when John Sterlini made the most of Hawks failing to clear their lines following a scramble in the circle. Minutes later Hawks keeper Chris Price, who was in excellent form throughout, made an outstanding save to deny the visitors the lead and half time arrived with the scores still level at 1-1.
The break failed to galvanise Hawks, who didn’t turn up at all in the third quarter and Giulio Ferrini gave the visitors a deserved lead on fifty one minutes. Hawks could count themselves lucky that Southgate failed to capitalise on their third quarter dominance and the quarter break presented Hawks with an opportunity to re-group. Within minutes of the restart, Hawks forced their first, and only, penalty corner of the game and Jack Biggs put the home side back on level terms. Two minutes later Hawks took the lead with the best goal of the game when Tom Miotto led a break before finding Kit Cutter with a well-judged pass. Cutter then took his time before picking out Andy Watts with another well-judged pass, allowing Watts to deflect home from five yards out. The last ten minutes of the game saw Southgate press hard for an equaliser but Hawks held firm until, with one minute left on the clock, Hawks relinquished possession cheaply deep in the Southgate half. A swift counter attack saw the ball transferred to the Hawks circle where Matt Allister scored from a tight angle to earn the visitors a share of the spoils. So a satisfactory point in all the circumstances and an important contest looming with Brighton next Saturday at BRN.
Thanks to Evelyn Hargreaves for the great photos.