Simon Ashby writes:
A great result for Hawbush yesterday as we reach double figures in our points tally for the first season and reverse our 3-1 defeat at the hands of Maple Leaf earlier in the year.
We have been competitive in a lot of games so far which is shown by the fact we only have a -4 goal difference after 10 games but its been missed chances or defensive mistakes that have often cost us at critical times this year.
Yesterday was a different story as we played very well against a Maple Leaf side who are on a bad run at present but who still could have taken the lead after 60 seconds when Arron Hope pulled off a great one on one save to keep the scores level.
Missing a number of players and only having 12 players available we feared the worst but we put in a brilliant performance with Mitch Pountney going close in the first half when he dribbled passed 6 players from the halfway line but saw the keeper block from close range. The keeper then pulled off a great save from a Lee Perks header, the first of many chances the impressive Perks and Brad Smith created as part of a 3-man attack.
With Ben Holmes, Matt Welch and Ben Walton looking really solid at the back we got the breakthrough when Pountney picked the ball up on the right wing cut inside and curled in from 20 yards out. The lead extended to 2-0 when a great Perks cross found Tom Wylde who headed home from close range.
With Mitch, Dan Scriven and Jon Paul Shaw really dominating the midfield the energy continued after the break and the chances kept coming with Lee Perks getting a third goal before ‘Tukka’ Wylde latched onto a Smith flick to smash home the fourth, a deserved assist for Brad in his best game for us this season.
With Justin Warren now on to bring fresh legs we scored our final goal when Scriv produced a great finish from the edge of the box to cap a fine midfield display.
All in all a really good performance from Hawbush and good luck to Maple Leaf for the rest of the season, we now look forward to our next two games against Place of Refuge and Brierley Hill which will determine if we can latch on to the middle group of teams in the league.