Maple Leaf 3 Hawbush 1

MAPLE LEAF 3 HAWBUSH 1
A second successive defeat for Hawbush after a great win on the opening day has pushed us nearer the bottom of the league, but we are still trying to determine if it’s been a ‘bad start’.
With almost every player in their teens we are a very young team so a convincing win followed by two narrow defeats, this one to a Maple Leaf team who will most likely get promoted, is hardly a bad start but we need to start winning some games soon if we’re going to challenge this season.
Saturday’s game started well and our striker Dan Wood had a chance in the first two minutes but couldn’t convert when clean through on goal. Our young guys played with a lot of confidence and the game was even for the first 20 minutes, before we were undone by a header from a corner and went 1-0 down.
To the boys’ credit they really pushed Maple Leaf and after Brad Smith went close with a close range shot, some great work from Jacques Pironnet down the left saw his low cross end up in the back of the net after about 5 deflections.
Despite the Maple Leaf strikers giving us a hard time we remained in what was a very even game. Just before the break, ‘Knowlesy’, Maple Leaf’s Man of the Match, put one in the top corner from about 30 yards to restore the lead for the home side.
We still had chances to level before half-time with Ben Walton flagged offside when through on goal and Woody forcing a great save out of the keeper when again clean through on goal.
In the second half Mitch, Tom, Lee, Alex and Jacques all tried to get us back in the game in midfield, but a third goal for Maple Leaf killed the game off really and the last half hour, although we worked hard and had a couple of half chances through Ste Cook and Woody, the game was up.
Being our first season we didn’t know how it was going to go but I think St Michael, Monyhull and Maple Leaf will all say so far we have been in every game and could have easily taken something out of each of them. Roll on next week and hopefully Hawbush getting back on track.

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