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Oxford Hawks 2's v Barnes 1's

09 November 2013

Men's 2s 2 - 3 Barnes Men's 1s

Hawks arrived to a wet day in Barnes with a strong side looking for the win to give their season a much needed boost. The Barnes pitch was to offer little to help due to massive amounts of water and mud that was being held in it.

Hawks started well trying to play possession hockey with additional focus on defensive positioning. The wet pitch offered little pace to break the high Barnes press and resulted in many turnovers in the Hawks half. The Hawks defence stood strong but a period of consistent pressure from Barnes led to many short corners for the opposition which were kept out from saves from Chris Price and a great goal-line save by Robbo. 
Hawks became reliant on Dan Andrews' aerials from the back and Man of the Matches Rich Craig power strikes to break through the Barnes. Relentless pressure on the Hawks D led to Barnes taking the lead by a deflection by an unmarked striker on back post. However Hawks continued to press on with direct play and after breaking through the sluggish Barnes defence looked like scoring after winning short corners and good shots at the Barnes keeper but went in behind at 1-0 at the break. After a Manly half time talk from stand in coach Kieran Hawks went out to play direct and meaningful hockey. Hawks were rewarded with more short corners that were well kept out by the Barnes defence and Keeper, 1 flick from Dan Andrews being saved on the line. With both teams throwing all they had into the game David Gilbert was able to win the ball and direct it to Joey whose cross was then turned into an empty net. Barnes then began to through all they had at Hawks some great defending and Goalkeeping kept them level before Joey again rifled the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-1. Barnes replied immediately with many more chances but still hawks stood firm, some poor discipline saw Angus, Tom and David head towards the bin for separate incidents. Hawks began to defend deeper and deeper which bought Barnes on the attack. Barnes scored the equaliser with 10 to go and despite an attempt to claim a goal no one touched and the umpire initially bought the scored remained 2-2 and looked like staying that way. Seconds from the final whistle Hawks conceded a short corner which led to Robbo supposedly being hit with the ball in the third phase on the line. To uproars from the Hawks defence a flick was given, despite getting a stick to the top right flick Price couldn't keep Hawks level. The 2s now return to the BRN looking for the win to vault them back into contention to stay in the league, many thanks from all the players to Kieran for giving up his Saturday."
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