Hawks Men's 2s hit eight past Sonning 1s
12 January 2013, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)
Men's 2s 8 - 1 Sonning Men's 1s
A squad of 13 gathered at a cold BRN on Saturday to face a struggling Sonning 1st team, and with Hawks flying high at the top of the league, nothing less than a win would do to keep the chasing pack at bay. It didn't take Hawks long to get back into their pre-Christmas rhythm, as they soon won a short corner which was duly converted by Burden to open his account for 2013. Man of the Match Burden found the net again soon after from another short corner, although a goal review was required after Drew Blackburn attempted to poach the goal after it had taken a deflection off the goalkeeper, but the ball was deemed to have crossed the line prior to Blackburn's touch.
Hawks were in the ascendency as Gilbert collected the ball on the right and drove for the base line to pick out Scragg storming in at the far post to knock the ball in. Meanwhile, the Hawks defence looked solid yet again when Sonning did manage to get into the Hawks half - closing down any sniff of an opportunity that Sonning had. Special mention should go to Coach Martin for playing although crippled, and perhaps showing more skill without bending his back than he has shown all season.
With the half time whistle fast approaching, Hawks launched another attack, this time with Craig galavanting down the right and powering a dangerous cross into the D, which deflected off two Sonning sticks before finding the top corner of the goal past the hapless goalkeeper to give Hawks a 4-0 lead at half time.
The second half was no different to the first, with Hawks taking the game to Sonning and keeping possession well. Jenkin, making his debut for the club, threatened the opposition defence with a mazy run into the Sonning D before drawing the keeper and finding Buckingham on the post, who made no mistake from close range. Jenkin turned from provider to scorer for the next Hawks goal, finishing with aplomb from the top of the D into the bottom corner for his debut goal.
Hawks were beginning to play some of the finest hockey they have played this season, while Burden appeared to have an aversion to the scoring of 3 goals in one game by passing up on further opportunities from his deadly short corner routine. However, it was Burden who scored next with a collector's item of a goal from free-play, as he put the ball in at the far post to complete a well deserved hat trick.
As concentration waned, Hawks were caught out when Drew Blackburn (perhaps still in a festively generous mood) gifted the ball to a Sonning forward at the top of the D, leaving him 1 on 1 with Price in the Hawks goal and scoring a consolation goal for the visitors. However, there was still time for a final Hawks goal from Clark, who scored from an improbable angle through the goalkeeper's legs to seal a fine 8-1 win.
Hawks 2s keep their 3 point lead at the top of the table with this resounding victory against Sonning, which in turn keeps the pressure on the teams below them. This weekend sees Hawks come up against 2nd place Eastcote 1s in a top of the table clash, which has a prize of a 6 point league lead for Hawks if they can take victory away from North West London.