The Easy Early Tour went to Gerrards Cross on Saturday shorn of their star players but came back with a win courtesy of a well executed game plan. The plan involved parking the tour bus on our own 25 and using the pace of Lumb, Dodd, Bentley and Sobey to create problems beyond the gain line. It worked a treat. Gerrards Cross dominated the game in terms of possession and territory but Hawks created the clear cut chances. OK maybe only 4 or 5 but they took three chances and with that the 3 points.
Indeed the first 15 minutes was classic. Largely played in Hawks’ half, the defence led by Roger “Tourettes” Dunn held off wave after wave of attacks. When not stopped by the back four containing aaforementioned Dunn, the ever improving George Chambers, the immovable Mark Stoker and Archie Spittles playing out field for the first time, the excellent Matt Tansini in goal mopped it up with little concern. Indeed the only bit that wasn’t going to plan was the passing. The Early bit was there but not the Easy. Time and again Hawks won the ball only to concede possession by trying a tricky pass.
Then Ben Knowlden with his first touch set up MOM Mark Lumb just inside the Hawks half for a 50 yard dash which ended with him coolly drawing the keeper and slipping a lovely pass to the well positioned Jack Sobey who made no mistake – 1-0 Hawks.
From the restart Gerrards Cross resumed their dominance. But now Hawks confidence was growing and the passing started to find its mark. Sobey, Adam Bentley and Dan Bailey started to figure and five minutes later pretty much the route one idea again but this time Lumb set up Matt Dodd who calmly stroked it into the far corner from the top of the D. This might well have been Matt’s best goal of the season - 2-0 Hawks.
Hawks played out the rest of the half with relatively little concern indeed arguably the last 15 minutes of the first half was their best period.
Second half was much the same as the first. Gerrards Cross won all but one of the statistical battles and Hawks won the key one!! One attempt, one goal. This time a cool finish by Adam Bentley from a Dodd break . For the remaining 25 minutes Hawks worked hard even winning a short corner at one point. Tansini made some key saves and the mighty Hawks even saw out 10 minutes when reduced to 9 men.
Final Score Hawks 3 GX 0.
Two interesting statistics. 43 players have now played for the 6th XI this season and they have scored 86 goals.
Three very good points against a good Gerrards Cross team who arguably deserved more from the game.