It is true to say that more lessons can be learned in defeat than in victory. This will be the case when reflecting on the first defeat of the season. It would be easy to look at factors which would involve a shocking pitch and aggressive tackling, but the harsh reality was the opposition wanted it more. Their passion and commitment was quite simply not matched by the players wearing the Hawks shirts.
The home team knew how to adapt to the slow sandy sloping pitch and within 5 minutes a drilled ball from the half way line found a player with no one anywhere near him and the ball was deflected into the net. Shortly after a cleared short corner went straight back to the opposition and the score was 2 0.
Hawks then settled into the game with Torbs and Barbs in midfield working their socks off and setting an example of what was needed. However a drive down the Hawks left was not closed down and a simple pass found Humphries in goal completely exposed, with no cover and the score was 3 0 within 20 minutes.
Rory Phibbs was closing and seeking to seize the initiative and Torbs demonstrated what was possible with a steal in midfield and an excellent drill into the bottom right hand corner to make it 3 1.
In the 2nd half Hawks did start to take the game to Phoenix but Josh Turner, Torbs and Barbs felt the force of aggressive tackling and with little cover in a squad of 12 the options were limited. The game was then closed when a huge gap opened in the 25 at the top of the Hawks D and with a 3 on 1 the score became 4 goals to 1.
Finally Hawks showed their mettle but it was too little, too late. Neil Gallacher scored from close range after good work by Dawson but it was a disconsolate Hawks at the final whistle. On the day the opposition deserved the win but the team has pride and passion to spare and will come bouncing back next week to push for promotion.