That felt nice, writing that title. Despite only having 11 players, the mighty Hawks 3s cruised to victory, with the mixture of youth and experience resulting in an (almost) dominant display. It may have helped that our opposition also only had 11, but nonetheless a convincing performance.
The obvious absence of substitutions made for a slightly cagey encounter, with neither team willing to give it all in search of glory, and the wonderful Ben Pearce in goal was hardly tested. Hawks enjoyed the majority of possession, with the assured pairing of Si Robinson and Jonny Flory dictating play from the back, and after a few chances, Edgar Easterbrook decided to score an absolutely incredible goal, dribbling through several Reading players before tucking the ball away with aplomb.
Half-time soon came, and gave our players a well-earned breather - I have to give enormous credit to all of them, a great effort throughout the game. However, with a slim 1-0 lead at the time, we still had work to do.
Once again, Hawks were dominating the ball, and this time showed more promise, but the comfort of a second goal still eluded us. Arise Matt Northfield, who produced an excellent piece of play in the circle, finding space and unleashing an unstoppable shot bound for the net, a shot which no doubt would've been an amazing goal for Matt. Adam Hamid proceeded to steal it on the line, and took the glory. Nevertheless, 2-0 put us into a comfortable position and we controlled the game, with the unrelenting forward line of Matt, Adam, and Jamie ensuring Reading never settled on the ball. Hawks continued to threaten the opposition's goalkeeper, with Adam hitting the post with what would've been a very impressive finish.
Entering the final 10 minutes, the 3s were seemingly cruising to a 2-0 win, and a flood of Reading short corners were comfortably dealt with. Unfortunately, the late Reading pressure had its reward, with a late goal to raise Hawks' heart rates a little. 2-1 with time diminishing and pressure increasing, Hawks used all of their experience to run down the clock, and the great relief of the final whistle soon came.
3 points were gained, and overall it was a satisfying victory. Edgar took home man of the match, narrowly edging out Rory Middlemiss, another standout performer. Onto next week, with a game against Oxford waiting.