Hawks made the long journey to fellow stragglers Maidstone, welcoming back the experience of James Ward (Wardy) fresh from his hip op. With both teams looking for their first wins of the season the game promised a derby atmosphere - and the Maidstone support weren't disappointed.
Hawks started fairly brightly playing hockey that wasn't pleasing to the eye for the coaches but eventually got the first goal with a drag flick converted by Dan Andrews. From the restart, Hawks immediately turned the ball over and the Maidstone forwards got the short corner they had been looking for. They converted the corner, beating the outstretched leg of Price and a poorly positioned post-man. A scrappy passage of play then led to the a bobbling ball in the D which was dispatched on the volley, leaving the Hawks defence rather red-faced. Hawks responded immediately with another drag flick by Dan Andrews. Defence and ball retention continued not be at the top of Hawks minds as they continued to turn it over in key areas of the pitch, giving Maidstone many break-away 4 on 1 opportunities. Thankfully they struggled to convert any of the frequently presented chances. Hawks went in to half-time still in the game at 2-2.
Hawks came out looking to set the wrongs right in the second half but did themselves no favours in defence. Going forward Hawks look threatening but very fragile at the back. Hawks conceded a third goal before poor marking let them down, allowing for an easy tap in on the back post for the only Maidstone player in the D. 4-2. Hawks were given a little boost with 10 minutes to go when Dan Andrews converted his penalty flick (achieving his hat trick) into the roof of the net. But it was too late despite a late surge Hawks could not avoid defeat. Hawks looked dejected at the final whistle and now prop up the division.
MOM: Dan Andrews
DOD: Countless others...