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10 October 2020, 13:30, Ashford HC

Men's 5s 0 - 6 Ashford (Middlesex) Men's 2s

I’m not sure what the readership will be for a men’s 5th XI game, in which the result was an emphatic 6-0 loss. The ill-thought-out theory is that if you leave it long enough the numbers will be significantly reduced. However, if you are a committed member of Oxford Hawks Hockey Club and have the desire to keep in touch with all the sides progress and development… you find yourself here – give yourself a socially distanced hug - you are a credit to the club.

Indeed, the temptation to provide some sort of recipe to smother the result was certainly tempting and personally I would have gone for a curry! Indeed my family enjoy my homemade curries (yes more than one) every Friday – chicken and beef ordered from the local butchers etc etc..

Anyway, here’s my thoughts on the game! The opposition were definitely the better side their patterns of play were well drilled including some impressive short corner routines (my understanding is that the club has a reputation for success in this area). In this league we expect to come up against organised teams like this. However, it is important to remind the reader that we have some exceptional talent in the team who will only learn to be better players from this experience. Personally, those days are gone and sinking my pathetic sorrows in to ‘one too many’ beers is the level I’ve sunk to….

Jamie worked his socks off and on numerous occasions showed his prowess to take on some talented players and beat them; Rory, just loves to get to stuck in and his capacity to ‘get the ball back’ will win many admirers; Jonty, thrown in to the mixer at centre back, grew into the role and showed a level of maturity on the ball which some of the senior players could have benefitted from showing i.e. me; Edgar, once again showed many moments of class which made a decent opposition look ordinary; Padraig’s ‘Sean Kerly reverse’ move will continue to bamboozle many players throughout the season and finally Ollie’s ‘keep it simple’ approach might not get the accolade it deserves (apart from here!!) but it’s, the now, and the future. 

No doubt that it was a learning experience for all involved but a final mention must go to the skipper who managed to get 16 players to the game in a timely and organised fashion. His positivity is appreciated by all and let’s not forget that the rotation system, although not ideal for a fixture like this, has a great long-term benefit.

No points, no goals, no tea…is definitely not ideal but the 5’s will bounce back!

 

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