St Michael 1 Hawbush 7

Our two strikers Dan Wood and Ben Walton both scored hat-tricks on their birthday weekend to give Hawbush a great first win of the season against St Michael at Moor Lane Pavilion.
In all honesty Hawbush’s pre-season form had been poor with some resounding defeats although we had begun to improve as the season drew nearer.
On Saturday’s evidence we should be quite competitive in our first season but the game could easily have swung the other way as we went in at the break at 1-1 and St Michael had been the better team in the first half, missing a couple of glaring chances to go in 2 goals up at half-time.
The game started quite brightly for both teams and the quality of football was good, both teams preferring to pass rather than lump the ball forward. It was St Michael who took the lead when Robert their tall striker won the header from the corner and the ball was scrambled in.
We were on the back foot for fifteen minutes after that before Tom ‘Tukka’ Wylde played a through ball with his knee and Ben Walton ran onto the pass and lobbed the keeper.
After the break everything went our way and we were very clinical in front of goal. First Walton got his second from a cross on the right hand-side which he rolled in, before Dan ‘Woody’ Wood latched onto a goalkeeping clearance and put the ball back over the keeper and the defender on the line.
The goals kept coming and our midfield pair of Jacques Pironnet and Justin Warren were pulling the strings helped out by our two attacking wingers Alex Brookes and Mitch Pountney. Woody rounded the keeper for his second before completing his hat-trick either side of Ben hitting the goal of the game with a left foot curler from the corner of the box.
Tukka also got his name on the score sheet to complete the goal-fest, but as I said to the opposition afterwards, this game was not a 7-1 game in all honesty, we probably deserved the win on balance but a much closer scoreline would have been fairer.
A word for all three Hawbush subs Lee, Brad and Dan who all made a difference coming on and Lee and Dan drove miles to get there for the second half to help us out, and after leaking a lot of goals in pre-season both Arron Worrall and man of the match James Davies deserve a big mention for making us more solid at the back and restricting the home team to very few chances. Also some great saves from goalkeeper Arron Hope who the opposition forward described as ‘sick’ (Which I am told means good – times have changed)!!
A great start for Hawbush but we have a long hard season ahead and with an average age of somewhere near 19-20, mid-table would be a great result for us in our first year.

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