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Hawks Men's 2s rally to beat Slough 1s

13 April 2013

Men's 2s 3 - 1 Slough Men's 1s

Having secured the league title the previous weekend, Hawks came up against a Slough 1s side who were still in the midst of a relegation battle with another game left to play against their relegation rivals.

The first half saw some of the worst hockey Hawks had played all season, perhaps with half a mind on the evening's celebrations ahead, or perhaps missing Player of the Season Baldock - preferring the green grass of Emirates Stadium to the bobbler at Stade de Slough. Meanwhile, Slough were eagerly ploughing the ball forward and applying pressure on the Hawks defence. Despite a string of great saves, Price could do nothing to keep out a well fired short corner strike which found the bottom corner of the goal, and gave Slough a 1-0 lead at half time.

After some stern words from Coach Martin at the interval, Hawks came out and finally started putting some passes together. In particular, Man of the Match Wilkinson showed fantastic passing ability against strong opposition in the middle of the park, and displayed great decision making in his first game for Hawks 2s. 

Hawks finally pulled level when a ball in from the right by Buckingham found Jenkin on the far post, who touched it in on his reverse. With the away side now playing with their usual rhythm, and very much in the ascendency, Hawks found another goal. Paynter's hard work up front payed off as he rounded Slough defenders in the opposition D and hammered a shot past the goalkeeper and into the net. Hawks rounded off the win when Buckingham cut in from the right and wrong footed the goalkeeper with a fortunate reverse stick shot inside the keeper's near post. The game was completed with Hawks down to nine players as both Martin and Buckingham saw yellow cards, but the Slough forward line could not break down Hawks' robust defence, and the game fizzled out with a 3-1 win. 

The victory seals a 7 point lead as champions, and the team can be proud to boast the best defence in the league having been in 1st position from the first game of the season to the last. Next season will see the 2s playing in the South Prem 2, a division below the 1s and a big step up, but one which they will be ready for. 

The side would like to give big "thank you's" to both Chris Blackburn, for his management and support from the sideline throughout the season, and to Tim Martin, who was inspirational both on and off the pitch, through thick and thin - capped off with the birth of Arthur just after the Dinner & Dance, congratulations Tim and Vicky!
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