Rascals loose to strong Oxford Hawks side
Oxford Hawks 7's 5 - Reading Rascals 1
The Rascals were unlucky to concede the number of goals they did in this open well fought contest especially after showing positive signs in the first half of maybe getting something out of the game. A very quickly taken short corner in the first half and a spinning ball that may have gone out side the post on another day and a miss-hit shot in to the corner of the goal made the score line look emphatic and unfortunately put the game out of their reach.
A great debut by Oli Sayer saw him score the Reading goal and with his speed clearly had the beating of the Hawks defence. Good contributions from Nathan Warwick and Max Reed and some solid defending from Matt Thorne show that the future of the side is definitely in the youngsters legs!
Having said that a silky run from the defensive D by Tim 'Chair' Mann all the way to the opposite end with a perfect layoff really deserved a goal as did a fine cross from another promising youngster John Sayer after an exchange of at least half a dozen passes down the right wing with son Oli.
Hawks played well however and managed to exploit the spaces that appeared in the middle of the pitch as the game went on and the Rascals tired.
Thanks must go to keeper Ian Tomlinson for stepping in with half an hours notice of our departure to Oxford and the members of the Rovers squad for their flexibility and willingness to also make the trip.
The weather was a bright sunny autumn day and perfect for what was a enjoyable game of hockey. Next week we have an early start against Newbury at home!