Well I thought I should contribute a match report even though we sit rock bottom of both divisions with a single point and with plenty of goals conceded.
Sometimes football can be a tough sport! 30 minutes into our opening game against St Michaels it was 0-0 and the season looked rosy. Within the next 20 mins we had three players off through injury (Me included), and a player sent off and that has summed our season up so far.
Saturdays game was much like the previous 4! We have 29 players either signed or available for emergency signing and on Saturday we turned up with 11. Many of those unavailable are currently injured, with some away and some simply unavailable. Sadly for Hawbush as we continue with our ethos of using young lads from the same little community we don’t have the depth of squad to cope with one or two key absences.
So we turn up to now table topping Maple Leaf with our main 6 central defenders all injured or absent and to be honest it could have well been 6-1 to the home team by half time…… BUT we showed massive character to go in 1-1 at half-time after taking the lead with a cross come shot from Tom Wylde. And credit to the lads who played as they were immense! Lee Perks (striker), Jacques Pironnet (Centre midfielder) and Ryan Houghton (Full-Back) doing an amazing job as a back three, trying to withstand the pressure from Maple Leaf. We then had our other striker Tom Wylde at right wing back, with one of key central midfielder playmakers Mitch Pountney at left wing-back and both had very good games getting up and down the flanks all day.
In midfield Ben Holmes, Ross Brookes and Sam Smith did a good job in trying to control the game, with Brett Ball and Brad Smith up front trying to hold the ball up despite both being below 5ft 7! It was very much a makeshift XI so to get a respectable score was quite an achievement.
The second half was better for Hawbush with lots of passion and the two best early chances being created, but it didn’t really get much better than that. Will legs tiring and no subs available, Maple Leaf took control running out deserved 4-2 winners with Ben Holmes grabbing a late consolation for Hawbush with his first goal of the season from inside the box.
So for Hawbush we continue to enjoy the WMCFL journey but this is our third season now and having beaten almost every team at some point last year we were hoping to kick on this season, but as yet things have gone a bit backwards. We hope that as things move towards November we will get a full squad back, some of our invaluable players may return and competition for places will mean some much needed wins!