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Hawks 3rds close in on promotion with a disciplined 3 0 win

09 March 2013, 16:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 3s 3 - 0 Henley Men's 2s

In an absorbing game with both teams not giving any quarter in the 1st half it was Hawks who created the chances but were unable to break the dead lock. Dave Barber came close after an excellent move on the right and a fine through ball from Dawson.

On balance Hawks were the better team and Josh Turner, Poulter and Rory Phibbs looked assured at the back. However Humphries was called upon to make a couple of fine saves to ensure the game would see him chalk up another clean sheet.

The game turned in the 2nd half when the tireless running of Angus Spittles got its reward. He followed up a short corner strike and finished comfortably to make it 1 0.

Hawks now began to exert their influence on the game and came close on several occasions with sweping moves from defence to attack with Nathan Monk calling the tune in Midfield, assisted by the telling runs of Torbs and the composure of Neil Gallacher.

Dawson was creating havoc in the right channel and as Monk and Torbs found their range the game turned on a piece of individual play from Bennett as he pressed the Henley defence. As they sought to clear another pressing attack down the right the Henley defender was caught in possession and Bennett finished with a well taken reverse stick flick to his and the teams delight.

The game was finally closed with a well taken drilled shot from Dawson to make it 3 0 from a short corner. He continues to press for the leagues top scorer slot.

The Man of the Match Nathan Monk was solid in the middle and enabled the link between defence and attack to pay dividends in the 2nd half. A good win. With 3 games to go Hawks need to keep their focus to ensure promotion and aim to finish as champions. 


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