It was back to winning ways for the men’s 4’s with a 4-0 victory over Leighton Buzzard.
The 4’s started spritely and were camped in the opposition’s D after some neat build up play. Man of the match Harry Kettlewell was a key protagonist in midfield with some intricate passes through to the forwards, and the 4’s were also blessed to have Tim Martin whose game awareness contributed to the home sides’ momentum.
It was the latter who would give Hawks the lead. Following a one-two with Guy Biggs in the D, Martin was left to simply put the ball in to an empty goal. Hawks doubled their lead through Chris Maidlow, who deflected the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal from another Biggs assist – this time slapped from the right-hand side of the D. At the half-time interval it was 3-0, thanks to a customary Luke Piper goal. The forward aggressively dribbled the ball from the left-hand side of the D, along the byline and deceived the opposition goalkeeper with a tight-angled finish. The score line certainly reflected the balance of play. With a high press, Leighton Buzzard occasionally had Hawks under pressure but the 4’s ability to break quickly meant this strategy was somewhat folly.
Despite a second half onslaught as the opposition began to tire, Hawks were only able to add one more goal to seal the victory. It was another Chris Maidlow deflection, at the back post this time– from another slapped Biggs assist – to put the sword to Leighton Buzzard and prevent any chance of a comeback.
Otherwise, Hawks continued to knock on the opposition door throughout the second half; holding all of the possession but not converting their chances. Credit must also go to Phil Hargraves in the Hawks goal – it was a reasonably quiet game for the goalkeeper, but he still made some outstanding saves to preserve a welcome clean sheet.
Conveniently, it would seem the 4’s will hold on to a 4th place in their league this season – their highest finish for a number of years. They will look to consolidate this position in the final two league games of the season, with the ambition of a promotion push next year!