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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's v Spencer.

16 November 2013

Men's 1s 1 - 2 Spencer Men's 1s

Hawks had a disastrous start against the league leaders, with no real pressure the ball was lost for a Spencer side line put in on the Hawks 25, with Hawks not yet up to game pace the Spencer forward received the ball waltzed around three flailing Hawks sticks before finding a Hawks foot in the D. Charlie Ellison saved the ball on the line from the resultant drag flick, with the ball rebounding to the top of the D opportunities to clear were missed before a Spencer forward hit an unstoppable backhand shot to go one nil up after 2 minutes.  For the remaining  33 minutes of the first half Hawks ran Spencer ragged. Spencer were chasing shadows with the Hawks midfield pressing high, Spencer were not allowed to settle. Despite all the possession the Spencer defence was rarely breached. Hawks did get 2 short corners but failed to score. Half time Spencer 1 Hawks 0

From the whistle Spencer created several chances in the first five minutes of the second half, Phil Hargraves making a number of saves. Hawks soon got back to their first half  form, enjoying lots of  ball but not being quite as dominant as they were in the first half. Despite the lions share of the ball Hawks rarely troubled the Spencer D. Against the run of play Spencer scored their second from a scrambled short corner rebound. It was a game Hawks should have not been losing, A quality ball into the Spencer D was met by Dave Cresswell who calmly slotted a back hand shot to open Hawks account, With ten minutes to go Hawks were back in the hunt, they did win another short corner which was saved  by the keeper, with time not on their side, Spencer played the game out for the victory. There were a number of positives arguably Hawks best game of the season,but games can only be won by scoring goals, to get their just rewards Hawks must convert the amount of possession into goals.







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