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Denied 3 points with the final play of the game

17 October 2020, 12:15, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 5s 3 - 3 Windsor Men's 1s

Back on the home territory of BRN after a tough away trip last week, the 5s were keen to get back to winning (or at least, point scoring) ways against Windsor 1s. If games were decided on warm-ups, the away team would have taken the honours, but thankfully what happens after the starting whistle is generally more important. And what an excellent start from this Hawks team which is growing into itself, spreading the ball confidently around the back with some lovely passing interplay, especially from Charlie Ponder down the right flank. Early pressure resulted in a series of short corners, the second of which was neatly put away by Ed Watson to open the scoring. As with any 1st team you can expect some skilful players, and when Windsor could get the ball to their main man he was a handful in and around the D. But despite some chances at the Hawks end (and indeed because of more excellent work from Jack Sobey in goal) it was Hawks who scored next to take a 2-0 lead thanks to a wonderfully worked team goal, calmly finished by Edgar Easterbrook from the flick spot. Windsor having pulled a goal back with a powerful strike from close range, the half time score was 2-1.

After the break, Windsor came out with increased energy and squeezed much higher up the pitch, and a little naivety in terms of game and pitch management from the young Hawks team allowed the away team back into the game. Despite a feeling that the tide was beginning to turn, it was Hawks who opened up a two goal lead: anther short corner scored by Ed Watson with a follow-up reverse stick shot which (somehow) found it's way between the keeper's legs. The remaining 15 minutes were hectic to say the least. Windsor first pulled one goal back and then right at the death, a short corner was awarded, time ran down and Windsor duly delivered the sucker punch to level the scores. Hawks were left to rue 2 points which slipped away, but again showed that they should not be surprised to find themselves the equals (or indeed, betters) of many teams in this league and that bodes very well for the rest of the season.

MoM yet again for his quality and presence in goal: Jack Sobey.

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