A cracking Arron Hope hat-trick and a bit of good fortune meant Hawbush gained back to back wins for the first time this season as we followed up our cup defeat of Brierley Hill with a spirited victory over Selly Oak at Rowheath on Saturday.
Having had another tricky start to the league season this was a welcome win for Hawbush and made even sweeter by the fact we found ourselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes and facing another uphill battle. Selly Oak had made a great start and with those two goals it looked all ends up that they were going to push on for the win.
As the half wore on Hawbush made a few tactical changes, particularly swapping centre forward Dan Wood and central midfielder Sam Smith around which seemed to create a better balance to the team.
The visitors got their first goal back when Arron Hope crossed the ball from the right hand side and although the ball appeared to hit the hand of the onrushing striker Tom Wylde the goal was credited to the winger before it hit the back of the net.
Shortly after another moment of controversy when a brilliant inswinging corner from Mitch Pountney hit the should/upper arm of Sam Smith and found its way into the net. The home team perhaps having a case that both Hawbush goals involved use of the arm.
But following our equaliser, Hawbush exerted control over the match, with the back four of Jordon Norris, Matt Welch, George Dean and Alex Brookes who had his best game in a Hawbush shirt managing to restrict Selly Oak to very few chances.
At the other end with Dan, Mitch and Jacques in midfield the front combination of Arron and Tukka was casuing all sorts of problems, eventually leading to Azza running through on goal and chipping the advancing keeper.
As the game wore on it could have been 4-2 or 3-3 on occasion and although Azza gets Man of the Match for his three goals it was goalkeeper Ben Walton who earned the points today with a stunning double save near the end, the first from a twenty yard powerful drive and then turning the rebound onto the bar and post. A brilliant moment!
Then with time running out it was Arron who completed his hat trick when he picked the ball up thirty yards out and chipped the keeper into the top corner…. a stunning goal from one of the leagues most improved players this year.
So we have confidence, but with league leaders Wednesbury on the horizon we hope we dont come crashing down to earth with a bang.