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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's v Eastbourne.

09 November 2013, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 1s 3 - 0 Eastbourne Men's 1s

Hawks were keen to carry on from where they left off last week. The team welcomed Ethan Chapman back who has just been invited for England U18 selection.  Eastbourne made it clear from the onset their game plan was to stop Hawks scoring, putting 11 men behind the ball just outside their own 25 yard line.  Hawks enjoyed all the possession, Eastbourne not threatening the ball.  Hawks had lots of chances, stats : 15 times  in the first 9 minutes the keeper made a save, at the other end Phil Hargraves was watching on in the winter sun.  Hawks eventually scored after 'Hands' Godding weaved his way through a packed defence and hit an unstoppable shot past the ever busy Eastbourne keeper.  Half time Hawks 1  Eastbourne 0.  The second half was the same pattern, Hawks really should have been scoring a lot of goals, opportunities came and went before Jack Biggs increased the lead from a short corner.  With 10 mins to go a foray by Eastbourne was rewarded with their one and only short corner.  Was this going to be another Hawks nail biting finish, absolutely not, Hargraves dealt with the drag flick admirably. With 5 mins to go, Chapmans attempted cross deceived everybody by going in at the near post.  Final score Hawks 3  Eastbourne 0, a game Hawks should have won by considerably more, next week is a far sterner test away to Spencer who ride high at the top with a 100% record.


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