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M1's Rue not taking all Three Points

12 February 2022, 17:00, Old Cranleighans

Men's 1s 1 - 1 Old Cranleighans Men's 1s

The M1’s travelled to Surrey based Old Cranleighans on Saturday for a mid-table clash and with OC’s including amongst their ranks a handful of Hawks/Brookes old boys.  The first half turned out to be a pretty turgid affair with Hawks generally controlling possession and territory but failing to convert this into goal scoring opportunities despite making several circle penetrations.  It wasn’t until five minutes before half time that Hawks won the first penalty corner of the game, but the routine was run down and cleared by the home rearguard.  Two minutes later the hosts won a penalty corner of their own but this was also stifled by the Hawks penalty corner defence.  Two minutes into the second half Hawks needlessly turned the ball over in their opponents’ half and a swift counter attack by OC’s led to a penalty corner.  But Chris Price in the Hawks goal made an excellent save with his left foot to keep the scoreline at 0-0.  The game continued to ebb and flow with Hawks generally still holding the upper hand and four minutes before the three-quarter break good combination work between Billy Bishop and Kiran Patel resulted in a penalty corner, but Jack Biggs’ effort was just wide of the post.  Another Hawks’ penalty corner on the stroke of the quarter break failed to bring a shot at goal but Hawks finally found some reward three minutes into the final quarter when a typically forceful ball carry by Ed Tristem ended with a cleverly weighted pass to Matt Wilson who finished smartly from close range.  Two minutes later Hawks had the perfect chance to put the game to bed when the ball fell invitingly to Ted Bennett on the edge of the circle.  But his first touch lost him the second that it took the home keeper to close him down and Bennett’s reverse stick shot was deflected wide.  Knowing that one goal is rarely enough to win a game these days, Hawks started to look nervy as the game entered its final throes and sure enough a turnover led to a penalty corner which the dangerous Muhammad Irfan converted in off the cross bar.  Hawks were left to rue not making more of their control of the majority of the game, but an away point in National League Division One is rarely a bad point.  Hawks entertain high-flyers Canterbury at BRN next Sunday.


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