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Slow Start Costs M1's Dear . . . Again

05 March 2022, 17:00, Hollybush

Men's 1s 1 - 3 Sevenoaks Men's 1s

Hawks M1's made the trip to Sevenoaks on Saturday and, reverting to old habits, made a desperately slow start to the game. Their normally reliable press did not easily adapt to Sevenoaks three man defence and they conceded an opening goal out of nowhere inside four minutes when they turned the ball over in a seemingly innocuous position only for a long ball to find a Sevenoaks forward completely on his own in the circle to deflect neatly home past the shoulder of Chris Price in the Hawks goal.  A second goal followed in the 11th minute, again very much out of nowhere, and Hawks had already given themselves a mountain to climb. The visitors did start to put together moves that were promising, but ultimately failed to deliver and two penalty corners also delivered no return.  Shortly after one smart move resulted in a cross shot that passed narrowly wide of the far post, Hawks seemed to switch off again and allowed Sevenoaks the considerable comfort of a third goal five minutes before the half time break from a crisp reverse stick strike from the top of the circle.  Sevenoaks had barely been made to work for their three goal lead.  To their credit, and importantly as far as their next game is concerned, Hawks did at least manage to paint a very different picture in the second half when they held the upper hand in terms of territory and possession throughout - Price not touching the ball again in the Hawks goal until three minutes were left on the clock when Sevenoaks won their first penalty corner of the game.  But Hawks inability to convert well created circle penetrations into goal shooting opportunities or shots on target meant that they never really tested the home goalkeeper as they should have.  A Jack Biggs penalty corner conversion shortly before the third quarter break was just reward for their improved play and lifted hopes that a comeback could be on.  But goals are the currency of success at this level and try as they might, Hawks just could not find the net from open play.  Three home games in their remaining four league fixtures will hopefully see a change in fortunes, starting next Sunday against Teddington.

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