Oxford Hawks Men’s 4s were stunned by Oxford Hawks 5s in their first league encounter of the season.
After earning promotion to MBBO division two for the 2020/21 season, the 5th XI showed that they will not simply make up the numbers, whilst the 4s left BRN feeling rather sorry for themselves.
From the first whistle, Oxford Hawks 5s moved the ball well and made the 4s look rather ordinary at times. An injury to the reliable Nick Lamb added to the 4s woes, as they were missing a crucial pivot in the middle of the pitch. Chances were few and far between and as the first half progressed, the 5s looked comfortable whilst the 4s looked rather panicked.
Still, the second half would begin as the game began- it was 0-0 which meant both sides had a fair shot at winning this encounter. However, the 5s tails were up- this was their chance to topple the 4s and lay down a statement of intent for the season.
The pivotal moment in this game came only minutes in to the second half. A short corner was awarded to the 5s, which they took full advantage of. With a firm shot from the top of the D, the ball cannoned against the backboard and the 5s were 1-0 up. In a game of fine margins, the 4s had it all to do.
Unfortunately, the 4s were unable to find a way through the well organised 5th team. They simply couldn’t string any passes together and continued to surrender possession carelessly. With very few chances of note, the 4s were left to rue their poor performance as the game finished 1-0 to the 5s.
A huge congratulations must go to the 5s for a spirited performance- the 4s will certainly follow their results this season with a great deal of interest. This result will surely go down as their best of the entire season, and the 4th team will be determined to settle the score in the new year.