Four more goals for Men's 4's against MK
04 December 2021, 14:30, Banbury Road North (Near)
Men's 4s 4 - 0 Milton Keynes Men's 3s
Following a disheartening draw at Leighton ‘blizzard’ last time out, Hawks Phwoars were keen to regain 3rd place in the league. Captain Biggs was off galavanting, and so Matt Oakes led a somewhat soviet-inspired team talk, interspersed with nuances of totalitarianism.
Phwoars started brightly; intense, high pressing resulted in a plethora of miss-traps by the MK defence. It wasn’t long before chances started falling to Hawks. Laird snr opened the account, mopping up a messy rebound. Piper had been a little incognito thus far, but you can’t keep the big man with voluptuous hair quiet for long. Picking another errant pass from the oppo defence, he casually strolled into the MK D, had a glance at the on-rushing keeper and flicked the ball into the side netting.
2-0 at half time could be said to flatter the away team. Hawks were winning ugly, but winning they were. From an initial squad of 16, hawks were whittled down to 13 following a no-show and injuries to George and Barny.
Hawks were full of endeavour, but a little hasty in possession; a dreadful attempt at an aerial, rushed passing and dribbling into sticks. But there was far too much quality in this side for the away team to handle. At left wing, Luke found Danny galloping up the right, who in turn carved open the defence with an intensely probing pass into stand-in Captain Oakes. He duly stroked it into the backboard. Tommy tap-in lived up to his name with a 2 incher, from a nice pass from the ever-impressive Jules Laird amongst an interesting short corner routine. Will Senior commanded central midfield with aplomb, and should have had a lovely assist, alas it didn’t happen for Maidlow today.
There was still time for the home team to do their best to make a hash of the game. Not long after clearing a shot off the line, Holder then gave away a second penalty flick in as many weeks. Was the clean sheet gone? Would their flicker match the atrocity of Piper’s penalty at Marlow? Phil Hargreaves answered one of those with a preposterous diving stick save down to his right. Sometimes one runs out of superlatives to one of Hawks’ all-time greats.
4-0 and 3 points. Jingle bells it was time for the Phwoars to join in with Boris Johnson-approved frivolities underneath the disco-ball and tucking into a succulent curry. Next week is the always competitive local derby vs Oxford. Go on the Phwoars, sign-off the first half of the season in style...
Thanks to Evelyn Hargraves for the excellent photos.