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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's v Sutton Valence.

15 February 2014, 14:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 1s 3 - 1 Sutton Valence Mens 1s

This was a must win game for Hawks, Sutton Valence sitting second from bottom within striking distance of Hawks. For the first ten minutes Hawks dominated, winning a short corner in the first two minutes. Sutton Valence weathered the storm, starting to string passes together and finding the league top scorer Dave Mathews ex Canterbury and England up front. Hawks still had the edge but it was Sutton Valence who scored the opening goal from a penalty flick after Dan Money had to make a last ditch tackle,taking the stick in the process. Sutton Valence could of gone further ahead, Phil Hargraves put a kicker on a Dave Mathews shot to see his save deflect off the outside of the post. Hawks did not deserve to be down, going into half time with a one goal deficit.

The second half was a similar pattern to the first, Hawks dominating the first ten but failing to score. Chances came and went for Hawks. Sutton Valence started to run out of steam, failing to make any inroads into the Hawks well marshaled defence, With 15 minutes remaining of the match, Charlie Ellison scored after unleashing an unstoppable flick from a short corner. For Sutton Valence it was a hammer blow having kept Hawks at bay for a long time. Hawks took the lead after a Matt Wood went around the outside pulled the ball back for Matt Richardson to score high into the net. Charlie Ellison scored his second from a short corner. The game looked in the bag, with 5 minutes to go Sutton Valence won a short corner, thankfully dependable Hargraves kept it out, panic over. In the dieing minutes with Sutton Valence spent, Hawks really should have scored with a 5:1 overload. Final result Hawks 3 Sutton Valence 1.  Sigh of relief, Hawks must keep their winning ways with possibly 3 teams being relegated.



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