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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's. v Sevenoaks..

30 November 2013

Men's 1s 3 - 5 Sevenoaks Men's 1s

On paper it was going to be an open game with Sevenoaks, all previous encounters had been well matched with both teams playing flowing hockey, Sevenoaks squad strengthened this season by several ex-premiership players. Hawks had learnt from the last two weeks and came straight out of the blocks. With plenty of movement and care and attention Hawks dominated the opening passage, deservedly going ahead after attacking down the left Ethan Chapman picked the ball up going forward, cut inside and unleashed a shot.  The goalkeeper partially saved, Richard Barlow was on hand to put the ball into an empty net. Hawks strived for a second but it was Sevenoaks who pulled one back to make the score 1 : 1 at half time.

For the first five minutes of the second half Sevenoaks showed their class scoring a well worked goal however it was Hawks who looked the better team creating a number of chances to bring the game back to parity with a strike from MOM Kit Cutter. It was only a question of time before and Hawks took the lead, cruelly Sevenoaks took the lead after a speculative smash was met in the D by a number of sticks ending up in the Hawks goal. With the own goal rule being removed in the new year the goal awarded would have been a long corner with the umpire unable to judge which stick touched the ball last. Refusing to lie down Hawks went at Sevenoaks again drawing level through Kit Cutter. With 5 minutes to go it was looking like a draw or a Hawks win, sport is not fair, a wayward shot / hit / pass going wide of the goal was deflected in off a Hawks stick. Hawks valiantly fought to save the game, a break away saw Sevenoaks win a short corner, the whistle blew for the end of the game and Sevenoaks scored to make a scoreline which did not reflect the game.  Hawks can draw from lots of positives, notably one being the number of goalscoring opportunities made.

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