Having played their previous four fixtures away from home, the mighty 4’s were back on home turf versus the steadfast Amersham & Chalfont. However, in a cruel twist of fate, the men in maroon were shunted to St. Edwards School for this titanic clash, due to the congested Super Saturday at BRN. C’est la vie!
On a glorious morning, the 4’s got down to business following an intense warm-up. Buoyed by the returning Nick Lamb and Kieran Roche, the 4’s enjoyed early possession in Amersham’s half and put them on the back foot. There was an energy about Hawks and optimism was high- for ten minutes, at least!
The less said about the first half, the better. There were few highlights to excite the watching maroon gang. In ruthless fashion, Amersham stuck it to the phwoars and found themselves 5 (five)-0 up. Unexpected? Yes. Deserved? Possibly. Defeated? No.
Following a rallying cry from David Cooke at half-time, the rejuvenated 4’s came firing out of the blocks. After 30 seconds, the ball found itself with Arthur Baldock in Amersham’s D and, with a nonchalant flick over the goalkeeper, Hawks bagged themselves a goal to make it 5-1.
There was no need for Amersham to panic; but panic, they did. Five minutes later, a short corner was awarded to Hawks. A gentle slip from Tom Harris at the top left-hand side of the D found Matt Oakes, who confidently swept the ball home to make it 5-2. Amersham were scratching their heads. There was 30 minutes still to play.
The sun beat down on St. Edwards School. Much like their own shadows, Amersham were unrecognisable. Poor passes and miss-traps gave Hawks plenty of opportunities to fashion a comeback. Cue experienced talisman, Paul Scragg. On the stroke of 45 minutes, Scragg, from the right-hand side of the D, blasted the ball against the backboard to make it 5-3. Amersham were well and truly rattled.
Hawks pressed with vigour and purpose. The comeback seemed inevitable. But, as long as Hawks continued to persevere, chances were always going to present themselves to Amersham on the counter. Indeed, much to their dismay, Hawks unravelled all their hard work by allowing Amersham to put away the easiest of chances midway through the second half to make it 6-3. This lead proved to be insurmountable for the mighty 4’s. Paul Scragg did convert another chance to make it 6-4 at one stage but the men in white, again, showed why they are 2nd in MBBO division two by scoring yet again to make it 7-4.
Having battled well in the second half, Hawks left St. Edwards School with their integrity intact. However, they must look to arrest their recent slump in form with a favourable run of fixtures.