Men's 1st XI v Oxford Hawks - Match Report

Courtesy of Oxford Hawks Hockey Club

Oxford Hawks 3 - 4 Bromley & Beckenham

South Premier Hockey League

Hawks entertained Bromley & Beckenham on Saturday in a game which would see someone lose their first league points of the season.  Bromley started the game looking like a side with National League experience, and proved far too good for Hawks in the opening skirmishes - forcing the home team to defend deep in their own half.  Bromley took the lead inside two minutes with a well worked goal, and frequently found space at will both in the midfield and also in and around the Hawks D with swift rotations which Hawks found very difficult to pick up.  Another two goals, one a penalty stroke, inside the first fifteen minutes saw the Hawks defence opened up far too easily and left the home side with a mountain to climb.  Hawks however resolutely dragged themselves back into the game and started to assert themselves on the Bromley defence, which didn't look as robust as their attack.  A Jack Biggs penalty corner towards the end of the first half suggested that all might not be lost.

Hawks resurgence continued into the second half and goals first from Ted Bennett following a determined run, and then Jack Biggs with another penalty corner, put Hawks level midway through the second half.  To their credit, both teams went in search of the win and chances came and went at both ends.  The result looked odds on a draw as the game entered its final phases but in the last minute Hawks turned the ball over cheaply in the Bromley half and a swift and well worked counter down the right lead to the ball finding a Bromley player completely unmarked six yards from goal.  To Hawks utter frustration he finished with aplomb in the top corner, and there was no time remaining even to restart the game.  Definitely a point allowed to slip through the fingers.

Match gallery courtesy of Clive Jones here.