Hawks Men’s 4’s met Tring 1’s at BRN, in what had ultimately become a nail-biting fixture. Having lost to lowly Ramgarhia last week, this encounter was a must win for the mighty 4’s as they looked to secure their safety in MBBO division two.
After a heavy hailstorm during the warm-up, the dark clouds cleared as Jim Patel blew his whistle to signal the start of the match. The men in maroon came firing out of the blocks- a rousing pre-match pep talk from the seasoned Nick Lamb had got the phwoars well and truly up for this one!
Attack after attack. Chance after chance. But no goal. How many more blanks could Hawks afford to fire?
A first short corner of the game fell to Hawks. Up stepped Barnaby Barber- a predictable yet solid option for Hawks at the top of the D in his current form. Without any uncertainty, Barber found the backboard and the men in maroon peeled away- their hard work had paid off.
Thereon, it was more of the same. Hawks were galivanting up the pitch. With all the time in the world, Chris Maidlow was able to fire a first attempt at Tring’s imposing goalkeeper, before calmly lifting the ball into the net to make it 2-0. From the resulting pushback- a third. This time, skipper Guy Biggs superbly navigated the goalkeeper before sweeping in a reverse stick finish. A fourth and a fifth for the soaring 4’s came from Arthur Baldock- the youngster has certainly stepped up since his promotion earlier in the season.
At half time, it was 5-0 to Hawks- Tring were rattled but there could be no complaints about the score line. ‘The best team we have played all season’, remarked a member of the opposition. However, Dave Cooke warned ‘5-0 up, but we have been here before’, albeit on the other end of the score line versus Amersham & Chalfont.
In the second half there was no let-up- Hawks went for the jugular. Having bagged his first in eight games, Biggs ruthlessly hammered a shot past Tring’s goalkeeper to double his tally for the season. However, in a cruel twist of fate, the captain would depart the playing surface with a tight hamstring. His work was done.
It only seemed to be a matter of how many Hawks would score. Some very unselfish build up from Hawks’ forwards saw Maidlow tap in his second of the game. Finally, Matt Oakes was rewarded for another solid performance when he slammed home another goal to make it 8-0 to Hawks- the last time the 4’s had scored this many was in February 2018.
The final whistle blew, cuing a cool down for the men in maroon. They were on fire..
Thanks to Evelyn Hargreaves for the excellent photos.