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M1's Shoot Themselves in the Foot

04 October 2020, 13:30, Teddington School

Men's 1s 1 - 5 Teddington Men's 1s

The M1’s travelled to a rain-soaked Teddington on Sunday looking to build on a mostly encouraging performance last week against Brighton.  Teddington have recruited several players since last season and are likely to be genuine contenders this season, but Hawks held their own in the opening skirmishes and the first quarter saw both sides create circle entries and goalmouth action without troubling the scoreboard.  But two elementary mistakes at the start of the second quarter gifted the home side a two goal advantage that would prove too much for Hawks to haul back.  First possession was needlessly conceded at right half just outside their own twenty five yard line which saw Teddington move the ball swiftly into the circle and score from close range.  A minute later, another wayward pass whilst holding possession inside the opposition half presented the home side with an unopposed run on goal from the half way line from which they made no mistake.  Despite this profligacy Hawks continued to give as good as they got and created openings themselves, an interception and carry by Olie Lobo led to a chance that went begging and then they fluffed their lines when they finally won their first penalty corner but failed to control the routine.  With a minute left on the first half clock, Teddington then rubbed salt in the wounds with a well worked third goal to leave the visitors with a second half mountain to climb.  To Hawks credit, they came out fighting in the second half and were mostly a match for Teddington, moving the ball around well.  But they continued to lack the precision shown by Teddington in and around the circle and whilst it was encouraging that they continued to create promising field positions, they were too often turned over when more might have been made of them.  Hawks perseverance eventually brought some reward when Jack Biggs converted a penalty corner at the start of the final quarter following excellent work from Freddie Smith.  But two very late penalty corner conversions by the home side put a slightly flattering gloss on the scoreline.  So plenty of room for improvement, but not quite the doom and gloom that a 5-1 defeat might sometimes imply.


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