Tom Mills and Luke Piper scored two goals apiece to see Hawks men’s 4’s to a comfortable five-goal victory against Slough 2’s. On a sticky pitch it felt like a laboured performance, and there could – and should – have been more goals for Hawks. Still, the score line certainly reflected the balance of play throughout the game.
With a bare eleven players, Slough resorted to a half-court press to frustrate Hawks. However, the opposition’s lack of discipline meant the 4’s could pick their passes with ease and chances were plentiful. Ironically, though, both of Hawks’ goals in the first half came on the counter-attack. Tom Mills – affectionately known as Tommy tap-in – lived up to his name, with a well-deflected reverse stick finish from close range. After James Holder’s rare foray and subsequent effort in the attacking D was thwarted by Slough’s goalkeeper, Mills was on hand to clear up and notch his second of the game.
It was more of the same in the second half, although Slough were lucky to survive what was a constant Hawks onslaught. It was to be Luke Piper’s half – the striker was a menace throughout the game. Piper’s first was fortunate – a half-connected penalty corner attempt was misjudged by the Slough goalkeeper, and the ball just crept over the line to make it 3-0 to Hawks. There was no mistake with Piper’s second however – the forward slammed the ball home from the top of the D to remind everyone of the threat he possesses.
Further chances fell to Hawks. A number of penalty corner opportunities came and went, and from open play Hawks found the wrong side of the goal on a number of occasions. But at 4-0, they were comfortable. A fifth goal sealed the victory – a well saved Guy Biggs effort from the top of the D flew in the air, with Brett Morrison on hand to knock the ball in from close range. It would be fair to say the converted striker has missed his calling following two standout performances in the last couple of weeks!
There were also fine performances from a number of other players. Matt Willoughby – with a nonchalant Steve Smith-esque leave on the halfway line (which no one saw coming!) – was rightly awarded Man of the match; whilst juniors Jamie Bush, George Dawson and Will Harrington were also brilliant.
It finished 5-0 to Hawks – a score line that flattered the home side.