Hawks Men’s 4s delivered a stellar performance to come away with a much deserved 2-0 win against Wallingford 2s.
If second half performances have been a little underwhelming for the 4s this season, this showing was the complete opposite- it was one of determination and a ruthlessness that has been lacking, up until now.
From the first whistle, Hawks were in control of this fixture. They were calm in possession and were rarely threatened by Wallingford, despite the odd counter-attack. The 4s would not concede in the first half but would also struggle to capitalise on their own chances. 0-0 it was at the interval.
It was the second half that would have pleased the watching maroon gang. Hawks have gone missing at this stage of the game in recent weeks- but not today. There were brilliant performances across the pitch- Brett Morrison remained steadfast under the potent threat of Wallingford’s talismanic centre forward, Rory Middlemiss and Matt Oakes steadied Hawks’ ship in midfield, whilst Chris Maidlow and George Guillain provided the pace up front to stretch Wallingford’s defence.
Just after the midway point in the second half, Hawks were rewarded for their relentlessness. The ball ping-ponged its way around the opposition D, and eventually fell to the composed Harry Kettlewell. In one swift movement, Kettlewell controlled the ball mid-air and delicately placed it above the left-hand side of the backboard. Jubilant scenes- 1-0 to Hawks.
The 4s did not look back from there- game management was the key message. Manage the game they did, as despite a few late short corners from Wallingford, Hawks were resolute and would not concede.
However, there was still time for the men in maroon to add to their lead late in the game. Adam Hamid did just that with an early goal of the season contender. From the top of the D, Hamid knocked a reverse stick effort in off the right-hand side of the crossbar, with the ball nestling neatly in Wallingford’s net to confirm a resounding 2-0 victory. No disrespect to the youngster, who now has four goals in his last four appearances, but this shocked all who were watching- a truly brilliant finish.
The impending lockdown may be unfortunate news for the nation, but the 4s will certainly carry the momentum from this win into their next game, once it is safe to return to BRN.