The 2s lined up against Aylesbury on Saturday looking to avenge the last minute draw from the first half of the season, and post another 3 points to cement their lead at the top of the table. The game was a struggle, and at times became tumultuous even in the early stages - Drew Blackburn and an Aylesbury player both picking up yellow cards for an altercation instigated by the Aylesbury player.
Hawks showed little of the flair and style they are capable of, and often looked unusually disjointed as they tried to build attacks, but were thwarted by the Aylesbury defence. Aylesbury fought back and penetrated the Hawks D on numerous occasions, but some resolute defending, well backed up by Man of the Match Price in the Hawks goal, meant that Aylesbury found a goal hard to come by. Aylesbury's persistence did finally pay off though, scoring from a short corner which took a big deflection off the unfortunate Drew Blackburn's stick before going into the back of the net to give Aylesbury the lead.
Hawks were showing little of the flair and style they are capable of, and often looked unusually disjointed as they tried to build attacks, but were thwarted by the Aylesbury defence. The Aylesbury goalkeeper compounded these issues by making some very good saves both from open play and from Hawks' dangerous short corner routine. It was, however, a short corner routine which indirectly lead to Hawks' first goal of the day as the ball was deemed to have been obstructed on the line from an Aylesbury defender and a penalty flick was duly given, and slotted away by Burden.
The second half continued in the same manner - Hawks and Aylesbury both surging forward, but finding it hard to get through both sides in-form goalkeepers. Tempers flared at points, and with a cool, level-head required, Martin found himself in the far corner of the Aylesbury D with the ball on his reverse. Having looked up to see little in the way of options in the D, Martin decided to power a reverse hit across the goal which clearly outfoxed the Aylesbury goalkeeper and found the backboard to give Hawks the lead.
Aylesbury became frustrated, and had another player yellow carded for some irrational behaviour. There was still time for Drew Blackburn to cap off an unfortunate afternoon with a second yellow card for taking the ball above shoulder height to chalk onto the board next to his OG. The game frittered out and ended as a 2-1 win to Hawks, but will be a game, and post-match tea, that would rather be forgotten by most of the Hawks team.
Hawks will look to get back to their free-flowing best at home to a resurgent PHC Chiswick 1st team this Saturday in the prime-time slot - 1.30pm at BRN, straight after the Ladies 1s game. A much bigger and more composed performance will be required if they are to get their sixth win from the opening six games of 2013, and will surely come out of the blocks on full charge for their next testing game in the league.