HOCKEY: Unlucky Hawks fall to late goals

Tim Hardy netted twice for Witney

Tim Hardy netted twice for Witney

First published in Sport

TWO late goals condemned Oxford Hawks to an unlucky 5-3 defeat in an entertaining South League Premier Division 1 match at Sevenoaks.

Hawks dominated the opening passage, deservedly going ahead when Richard Barlow pounced after Ethan Chapman’s shot had only been partially saved, Sevenoaks equalising before half-time.

For the first five minutes of the second half, Sevenoaks showed their class to take the lead, but this time Kit Cutter levelled for Hawks.

It appeared only a matter of time before the visitors took the lead, but cruelly, Sevenoaks went ahead after a speculative smash was met in the D by a number of sticks, the ball ending up in the Hawks net.

Refusing to lie down, Hawks again drew level through Cutter.

With five minutes remaining, a draw looked inevitable, but a wayward shot by Sevenoaks was deflected into the goal off a Hawks stick.

The visitors battled hard in a bid to save the game, but the Kent side scored from a breakaway to seal their success.

Bottom club Witney recorded their first win of the season in Middlesex Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1 with a 5-0 thrashing of visitors Staines 2nd.

Skipper Tim Hardy led the way with a brace, while Liam Frost, Andy Willemite and Jacob Deacon all chipped in.

Bicester romped to a 5-0 success at home to Ashford 2nd in MBB&O Division 1.

The hosts took the lead through Jonny Reid, following a great through ball from Dave Sutcliffe.

They made it 2-0 when CJ Birtles and Reid played in Leo Graves, who finished with a reverse-stick shot.

After the break, Bicester continued to pile on the pressure and added a brace of goals from Sutcliffe, before Luke Smith completed the scoring with a simple finish.

Other results: Oxford Hawks 2nd 1 (S Buckingham), Horsham 3; Oxford Hawks 3rd 3 (M Crowley, T Simpson, T Turland), Wokingham 2; Oxford Hawks 4th 9 (A Scholey 4, E Bennett, G Biggs, W Cairns, R Finnegan, J Keeling), Brunel Univ 0; Oxford Hawks 5th 1, Ashford (Middlesex) 3rd 1; Oxford Hawks 6th 9 (M Dodd 4, R Manson 3, R Venables, W Smith), Oxford 8th 2; Oxford Hawks Senators 0, Southgate Flagons 6; Phoenix & Ranelagh 4, Witney 2nd 0; Witney 3rd 1 (T Trivett), Staines 4th 2; Witney 4th 1 (J Taylor), Harrow 2nd 2; Banbury Piranhas 0, Bicester 3rd 4 (N Styles, J Crook, P English, S Birtles).

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