The 4s suffered a frustrating 1-0 loss away to Wycombe at Bisham Abbey. The 4’s struggled to adjust to the puddled playing surface – despite the warm weather conditions – but also suffered from having a threadbare twelve-player squad.
Still, the 4s were careful in possession and Wycombe were made to work hard in the first half – the 4s knew that they had to conserve energy, so losing the ball unnecessarily would cause them problems.
There were also chances for the 4s to go ahead, with some excellent defence-splitting passes from late call up Andy Clark and debutant Tom Betts – who was arguably Hawks best player on the day. Still the breakthrough wasn’t forthcoming as numerous chances were narrowly missed.
It was much of the same in the second half – the pitch remained very wet but the chances for Hawks didn’t dry up. With lean squads both Wycombe and Hawks were completely drained, and the game was painfully end-to-end. Nonetheless, it would come down to who could capitalise on their chances and, unfortunately for the 4s, it was Wycombe who did this – it took a fine reverse stick finish to beat Phil Hargreaves, but Wycombe went ahead midway through the second half and Hawks had to dig deep to find a way back into the game.
James Holder – another standout performer on the day – managed to keep Wycombe at bay for the remainder of the game, and George Guillain proved to be a menace up front, but Hawks just couldn’t force the equaliser. They continued to knock on the door and numerous penalty corners came their way, but it just wasn’t to be.
A disappointing outcome from a very winnable fixture. A handful of late drop outs certainly contributed to this, but a huge pat on the back must go to the twelve players that persevered and almost came away with some consolation.