We won, so why the “Weltschmerz”?
After a convincing win against Henley away, Hawks was playing against mid-table South Berkshire at home.
The game started with Hawks committing many men forward to put some pressure on their opponent. A lack of patience in the build-up resulted in loss of possession high up the pitch on a number of occasions. Although Hawks created several chances, there was a distinct possibility the opponent could take advantage of the space left behind and manufacture a lethal counter.
This is exactly what South Berkshire did. Following a Hawks short corner not going to plan, the ball travelled quickly from one D to the other and South Berkshire was 1-0 up. Despite this, Hawks kept the pressure on, earning numerous short corners and eventually levelling the score via Paul Poulter who volleyed a rebound off the post.
The second half saw Hawks play with more patience and structure but never more than for short periods of time. Hawks created a number of notable chances without converting them. Toby MacLachlan smashed a tomahawk requiring a good reflex-save from the keeper to keep the ball out. When Ed Baldock cleverly dribbled the ball through the centre of the D, the ball became loose after he collided with the keeper. With the keeper out of the equation, Will only had to push the ball into an empty goal at the far post…and missed. Luckily for Hawks, after another penetrating run by Ed into the D, the ball ended with Simon White who had an open goal in front of him. He did not miss.
The team closed shop in the dying minutes of the game to secure the win and second spot in the league. Altogether, a good result on a day when things did not quite click.