Hawks came up against an OMT side that came into the game having taken away a point from Oxford 1s the previous week, and beaten Hawks' closest rivals Eastcote 1s just before Christmas. Eager to avoid any such problems, Hawks came out of the blocks raring to go.
The opening goal of the game came from Baldock, who found space in the D and powered a low, well placed shot past the goalkeeper through a crowd of players. As Hawks maintained their pressure on the opposition, James Gilbert collected the ball and drove through the OMT defence, showing tenacity and strength to power past OMT defenders, and finally smashing the ball into the back of the net. With the away team in the ascendance, a short corner was won. With the Hawks short corner routine flowing like a dream (as always), only one outcome was expected - this expectation was realised through yet another Burden drag flick, which left the goalkeeper and defence stranded as he found the net for the 8th game running.
The Hawks defence stood strong as OMT attempted to get any momentum going. When opportunities arose, the defensive line were more than capable of snaffling up any potential chances from the opposition, eagerly backed up by Man of the Match Price in the Hawks goal. Indeed, it was dynamic centre back Drew Blackburn who was at hand to finish with aplomb when the ball rebounded to him from a Hawks short corner routine, hitting a volley into the rigging to give Hawks a 4-0 lead at half time.
OMT came back into the game during the second half, garnering more possession on the ball and finding more opportunities moving forward. Hawks did, however, quell these initial threats at goal and were first to find the net in the second half through another fine finish from Burden's short corner skills, for his 14th of the season. OMT then had a short corner of their own, which Price unfortunately could not keep out - the only glitch in an otherwise fantastic display. Hawks maintained control of the game, although going down to 10 men for 10 minutes following a mystery yellow card, which was certainly questionable. Hawks did have the final say in the game as Buckingham, extremely unselfishly, slipped the ball to Clark for a simple finish into an empty net to give Hawks a winning scoreline of 6-1 as the final whistle was blown.
Hawks were pleased to welcome back a couple of players - Craig looked particularly dangerous bombing down the right, while Cox had a solid return to 2nd team action - and debutant Havlin looked good in possession and taunted the opposition with some strong skills.
This weekend sees Hawks on the road again, this time to Aylesbury 1s, who are one of only two teams that Hawks have dropped points against this season after they scored a last minute equaliser in the corresponding home fixture. The 2s will be keen to keep their strong run of form going into the final 8 games of the season, particularly following 2nd placed Eastcote's draw with Chiswick which has given Hawks a five point lead at the top of the league.