Sandwell United 4 Hawbush 6

1st November


A third win in four games for Hawbush saw them beat bottom of the league Sandwell in a 10 goal thriller on Saturday.

Even though our 3 wins have been against the bottom three teams in the league, we were not winning those games last year and when you throw in last week’s much better performance in losing 3-0 to league leaders Wednesbury, October has been a good month for us.

Like we did against Selly Oak recently we gave ourselves a mountain to climb by going 2-0 down in the first 15 minutes as Sandwell buoyed by a couple of emergency signings started strongly with Mark Broome getting their second goal from outside the box.

After this though, Hawbush began to seize control, with a couple of tactical changes paying off and the Hawbush front three beginning to assert themselves on the game.

It was in-form striker Arron Hope put Hawbush firmly in control with a hat-trick in 12 first half minutes, the first was a calm finish following a great back heel flick from Tom Wylde and measured through ball from Ste Cater and the second when a long ball from stand-in keeper Jack Wentworth was misjudged by the Sandwell defence and Azza lobbed the onrushing keeper.

The third goal was all Azza’s own work as he got the ball on the right hand side, beat two men and slotted past the keep to put us in front at the break, but it has taken some good saves from ‘Wetters’ in goal to keep us there.

By now the Hawbush midfield of Mitch, Sam and Jacques Pironnet were getting much stronger and ‘Piri’ especially had his best game in a Hawbush shirt, with Alex Brookes and Matt Welch especially were playing well at the back and controlling things.

After half-time a lob from Azza was met on the goal line by Tom Wylde for the first of his two goals, the second coming through a bullet header from a Mitch corner. These were answered by a Broome header for Sandwell and a stunning volley from the home team’s right winger, but Azza getting his fourth goal with a 20 yard chip over the keeper meant at the end of the game we edged it 6-4.

The scoreline suggests a close game and it was, but we led 5-2 and 6-3 so I don’t think we ever felt under much pressure in the second half.

The big test for Hawbush now we have proven we are a match for the teams around us at the bottom is to start picking up points against teams in mid-table, that will show us how far we have come this season, starting with a massive cup game next week against Monyhull.

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