The corresponding fixture before Christmas at BRN was a very one-sided affair, with Sevenoaks handing Hawks a 4-0 thumping and looking very much like the Prem side they were last season. It is therefore a sign of the progress Hawks have made since that earlier fixture that they returned from Sevenoaks on Saturday disappointed that they had no points to show from an excellent performance that pushed Sevenoaks all the way in their quest for an immediate return to the Prem. Hawks high intensity pressing game saw Sevenoaks unable to get any real momentum into their forward play, and on the balance of play Hawks felt that they created more goal opportunities in the first half than their hosts. But they lacked the precision needed to finish off some encouraging moves, a feature of Hawks play throughout the game, and consequently chances went begging which would ultimately prove costly. There was little to choose between the teams in the first half, which was summed up by the fact that Sevenoaks took the lead from a penalty corner minutes before half time which squeezed in off a defender’s attempted block, whilst Hawks hit a post from a penalty corner. Games at this level are decided by such fine margins. The second half followed a similar pattern, with Hawks not quite as threatening as they were in the first half but still giving the home side plenty to think about. Both keepers made excellent saves when called on, with Chris Price in the Hawks goal once again in outstanding form. But it was Sevenoaks that finally took the game away from Hawks with a second goal six minutes before time when they opened up the Hawks rearguard as Hawks pressed for an equaliser. A very encouraging performance and signs of real progress for Hawks despite the defeat. Hawks welcome Canterbury to BRN next Saturday in their penultimate league match of the season.