It was always going to be tough for Hawks with Chichester sitting in second spot in the league and history not being on Hawks side. Hawks have not managed to bring back points from the south coast side for a number of seasons.
The match started with high tempo, Hawks moving the ball around the pitch quickly and precisely with Charlie Ellison consistently finding the wide midfielders. Most of the pressure was on the home team. Birthday boy Matt Wood was causing problems for the Chichester defence with his pace, he opened the scoring after one his bursting runs was rewarded with a goal converted from close range. Hawks had their noses in front but conceded from a messy short corner. Half time Hawks 1 Chichester 1.
The second half swung in the favour of Chichester, the high tempo was telling on Hawks, a number of cheap turnover resulted with Hawks being on the back foot. Chichester scored their second after a ball was deflected just inside the far post. Hawks had a number of short corners before the game was lost when Chichester scored their third goal from a well worked short corner. Final score Chichester 3 Hawks 1.
Hawks finish the first half of the season sitting lower mid table. They have played really good hockey consistently but to succeed they must convert possession into goals which has been a problem to date.