Oxford Hawks Men’s 4s remain without a point in MBBO division two, following a 7-2 loss at the hands of Abingdon 1s.
The score line would suggest a rather one-sided affair, but this was a much-improved performance from the 4s following the 1-0 defeat to the 5th XI last week. Abingdon, though, were a vastly better side than when Hawks played them last season.
With the rain hammering down on Tilsley Park, it was high tempo hockey from both sets of players. Hawks created plenty of chances in the opening stages, but it was Abingdon who took an early lead. However, Hawks were not about to rule themselves out of this contest- George Guillain was on hand to notch his first goal for the 4s with a poachers’ goal at the back post. Abingdon would go on to reclaim their lead with a well worked short corner routine, before Hawks restored parity with a goal from Olly Dogget. At half-time, the score was level at 2-2- a fair reflection of proceedings.
The second half proved to be too much for Hawks. Abingdon took a 3-2 lead five minutes in and did not look back from there. Two goals followed in quick succession- Hawks were now chasing the game. Despite a number of half-chances, the 4s simply could not find their way back into the game, and Abingdon would go on to score another two goals late on to seal a resounding 7-2 win.
A livelier performance from the 4s provides some optimism, but as they sit in 10th position in MBBO division two, a win against Oxford 3s next week would not go amiss!