This was James Mullan's last game for his real team before he moves to the big smoke. Quite why he desires the bright lights of London, rather than H's ones at BRN is beyond me, but we wish him all the best. He chose his last game to give a good impression of Jekyll and Hyde, Thankfully, after an erratic start he was a mass of energy and commitment, and deserved the man of the match award.
Having started the team in a Mourinho away defensive mode, skipper Spittles should have realised there would be problems when the team struggled with the idealology of 4-4-2, and the initial reluctance to play in position resulted in Hawks going one down in the first 5 minutes.
Hawks got stuck in though, and soon they were stringing some passes together and began to put Newbury under pressure. Once hawks got their shape, they forced some chances mainly from attacks down the right, and even though the half time score remained at 0-1, the feeling was we were more than in this game. The second half started well with Hawks finding width and movement, and Newbury looked shell shocked, despite being in the lead, Venables started to make some headway on the left with his mazy runs, Scragg senior suddenly found room to distribute to Scragg junior, Karl Hack continued to harass the Newbury defence, and Mullan and Robins started to terrorise the Newbury midfield. the equaliser came from winger Venables via 6 or 7 passes started off by the irrepressible Chairman Higgins. from then on, it really seemed like there was only going to be one winner, and sure enough Rich Venables scored number two 5 minutes later, after some good build up play from Webster, Scragg(s) and Image.
This was a great team performance in which everyone contributed, and the 3 points earned will be vital to our attempts to stay in div 6.