Hawks men’s 4s suffered another close defeat at the hands of Ashford 2s.
Despite going in 2-2 at half-time, the 4s went missing in the second half and conceded two goals to seal their fate.
It was a solid start for Hawks, if a little sluggish in the opening five minutes. However, they quickly shook this off and had Ashford penned into their own 25 for much of the opening fifteen minutes of this encounter. Their persistence was rewarded with a goal from Adam Hamid- his third goal in his last three appearances. Within Ashford’s ranks was a very handy drag flicker, who would go on to score two sublime finishes. His first came not long after Hawks opened the scoring to make it 1-1. Hawks deservedly bagged themselves a second through Chris Maidlow, but Ashford would again draw level- this time with a finish at the back post after Hawks failed to pick up their opposite numbers.
In the second half, Hawks simply didn’t show up. They were often caught out of position, whilst Ashford were sharper and alert to the 4s’ mistakes. Ashford’s drag flicker netted yet another superb drag flick, and their win was confirmed in the closing ten minutes of the match with a sweet strike from a short corner. Nonetheless, a pleasing debut from Rory Middlemiss, and yet another solid performance from James Holder, are positives that Hawks will take from this defeat, not to mention the continued progress that all the younger members of the squad continue to make. The 4s should also be pleased with the number of short corners they were awarded, but equally disappointed that they failed to convert any of these.
With the 4s mixing in with plenty of first and second teams in MBBO division two, it will not be an easy season. However, they have more than held their own in this division for a number of years. The results will undoubtedly come, but a more consistent performance is required in order to pick up the points.
Thanks to Evelyn Hargraves for the excellent photos.