LIVING HOPE 2 HAWBUSH 1
We didn’t really feel that we did the league credit or gave Pye Green the respect we should have by going down 9-0 to Living Hope when we should have put up more of a fight last week.
So we came into this week knowing we had to give a lot more, although our cause wasn’t helped by the fact we had 4 withdrawals on Friday evening meaning we only had eleven players, our third choice goalkeeper started and our other two goalkeepers played up front and in central midfield respectively.
The game started as we expected with Living Hope on the front foot and they created several chances, a couple of which grazed the crossbar and the other was brilliantly saved by Ryan Houghton in goal.
Our midfield four of Scrawn, Mitch, Ben and Dan were trying desperately to get a hold in the game and Lee and Arron were keeping hold of the ball up front much better, but eventually the pressure told and Martin, Living Hope’s left winger smashed home after good foot work in the box.
Shortly after that a great turn by Pete saw the same result as a cool finish off the far post made it 2-0 at the break.
So at half-time we knew we had to step up a gear and we vowed to win the second half no matter what it took. I think even Living Hope were even surprised at our commitment and change in attitude as they had their chances again but we were definitely more of a force as the game wore on.
Following a pass from Arron Hope, Dan Scriven smashed a 30 yard volley over the keeper in a goal of the season contender and suddenly with twenty minutes left the home team, needing a point to win the league looked a little nervous.
We really pushed for the equaliser, but we just couldn’t create the chance and after going close themselves several times, the game ended with a nervy 2-1 which was enough to secure the title. As it turned out Living Hope didn’t need their point but we were delighted we ended the season on a high.
For Hawbush we have some decisions to make now as to whether we continue next season or not. We have had some real encouragement from opposition players and managers who see that the young 16-18 year old lads of Hawbush playing in their first adult league are a great group with lots of potential. Our decision ultimately though won’t be based on the football as I think we would improve next year, it is more about the wider Hawbush Project that we run and the role if any a football team, with all its commitments, plays within that vision. So we might see you all next year, but if not thanks for a great season in WMCFL.