The one abiding memory of this game will be the sight of Mark Mills moving at the speed of an "incredible" to chase down their centre half (who was half his age!) that embodied this performance. This was the cliched game of two halves. In the first half, Eastcote started off as you would expect a team that had beaten us 7-1 at home, and were riding high in the league with only one defeat thus far. They pounded the Hawks D, forcing a number of excellent saves from Callum Chapman in goal. Hawks hockey was rushed and inaccurate, so that as soon as we got possession, we promptly gave it away. The only good thing about the first half was how committed all the Hawks players were, but eventually the pressure told, and Eastcote got through Callum's defence with a speculative hit from outside the D. 0-1. Hawks started to play some more assured hockey, and went into half time on the up. Skipper Spittles must have said something at half time, because a different side came out for round 2. For the first 10 minutes, Eastcote never saw the ball, the passing and movement was sublime...Mike Image was at the centre of all that was good, and a superb collect and run from Adam Bentley enabled Mike Hughes (back from a 2 year lay off...) was there to stab in from 2 feet - 1-1 game on! All of a sudden, the composed Eastcote side started to crumble, and after another dazzling run from Tim Webster resulted in their keeper knocking him 3 feet up in the air, having the missed the ball - Penalty Flick! Elder brother Freddie duly dispatched it - 2-1. Eastcote started to get into a bit more, and won some shorts which were bravely resisted by birthday boy Kynaston and the ever present Rob Home.
Another sweeping array of passes then produced a third from Hawks, with Tim Webster bravely wrapping himself around the post to score a deserved goal. 3-1. Eastcote then won a flick with enough time to get back into the game, but just the presence of Callum Chapman was enough to make the taker miss the target completely. Eastcote then proceeded to pump the ball hard at the Hawks D, in an almost bullying style but the Hawks defence stood firm and a well deserved victory ensued.
Whilst everyone played well, others mentioned for MoM were Ashley Robbins, Callum Chapman and skipper Spittles (for shouting far too much), but Freddie Webster got it for a really excellent all round performance.