This was quite simply an example of a team pulling together and nearly beating a side who may have had superior technique, but had no answer to the Hawks never say die attitude.
The Hawks boys had calmly listened to the coaches pre match assertion that discipline and effort would give them a fighting chance without half their normal starting line up available.... obviously they had taken this as a good reason to show their coach what the Hawks shirt meant to them.
After 10 minutes of constant pressure, the solitary goal conceded was testament to Aravind Prabhaker being on top form in goal, and some great interceptions by Thomas Edminston and Ed Wilkinson. Somehow though, the Marlow boys lost their shape as the Hawks boys found theirs, and at half time, 0-1 was possibly unkind to the Hawks boys.
The second half continued as the first had ended, and a good strike by Jake Taylor from a short put them on level terms. With skipper Harry Venable's leading the line well, the team were inspired, and playmakers Taylor and Brotherton started to make in roads to the Marlow defence..suddenly Marlow were on the retreat and a one on one with the Marlow keeper saw Venable's (?) upended and a P flick was the only option for the umpire. As coach Spittles was searching out the skipper to make the all important decision as to who would take it, Will Brotherton was already poised to take it and calmly dispatched it low to the keepers right - what do coaches know anyway??
The next 20 minutes saw awesome performances from the whole team (not mentioned so far - Lukas Ehlers in defence, Ollie Cain, Brad Fogden and Jack T C in midfield and John Black, Charlie Colebrook and Andre Simmen up front) all inspired by the two centre backs Tommy Dawes and Alex Rayne who were absolutely brilliant. Perhaps the Marlow equaliser was inevitable, but these boys had made their coach and the watching parents proud, and threw a real marker down to Marlow who visit again in the EHC competition in a month.
Man of the match Ed Wilkinson closely followed by Aravind and the whole team who were awesome....