Hawks Men's 2s defeat PHC Chiswick 1s
16 February 2013, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)
Men's 2s 2 - 1 PHC Chiswick Men's 1s
Chiswick came into the game undefeated since their last game against Hawks, while Hawks stepped onto the pitch looking to record their 5th win of 2013. The home side started well and played some composed hockey, taking the game to Chiswick but failing to convert any early opportunities.
A high level of concentration was required from the Hawks defence throughout the game, as Chiswick looked to smash the ball forward and feed off any mis-trapped blocks. Man of the Match Robinson commanded the back line well, and was often seen meandering forward to torment the opposition's defence.
Eventually, Hawks did make the breakthrough they had been building up to. A short corner was won, and the free-scoring Burden found the bottom corner of the goal to fire Hawks into a deserved half time lead.
The second half saw Hawks create even more chances, with the midfield and forwards finding one another well, but opportunities to put the game out of reach were squandered. Meanwhile, Chiswick were resorting to their "smash and grab" approach at every opportunity, but could not get through a tight Hawks defence.
Hawks did finally score their second of the day with 10 minutes to go. A ball in from the left was deftly touched on by Havlin to Buckingham, who lifted the ball over the outstretched goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.
There was time for Chiswick to get a goal of their own, with Humphreys unfortunate not to keep his clean sheet as a fine save fell to a Chiswick attacker and the ball was flicked over Hawks' keeper into the net, despite Drew Blackburn's best efforts to keep the ball out.
So, Hawks recorded their 5th win in as many 2013 games, and played some good hockey on the way. Special mention goes to Tim Blackburn, who put in another stoic performance for the 2s in what was his final game before leaving for Australia - his tenacity and flair will surely be missed. Next week, the league-leading 2s go away to Staines 2s and will look to extend their winning run to keep up the pressure on the chasing pack.