First win of the season for the Men's 1s
Debutants shine in the early morning drizzle
Wanting to atone for their underpowered performance the previous weekend, and not wanting to disappoint their home fans, Slough set out purposefully to kick-start their season at the second attempt against Oxford Hawks.
With the drizzle drifting in, it was Hawks who were facing a storm of Slough attacks from the opening whistle. Within two minutes Slough had taken the lead thanks to a short-range hit from debutant, and Birthday boy, Johannes. The dominance continued through the majority of the first half, as the boys in black found a structure and playing style that had gone wanting in their opening game against Chiswick. Aerial balls were used in moderation rather than desperation and they created many an opportunity in the opposition’s circle.
Despite being pegged back to 1-1 after failing to clear a penalty corner, a steely resolve lead to two further Slough goals before half time. The first came from a reverse shot from Mo, also on debut (of sorts), after he had skipped through Hawks’ defence, shortly followed by Johannes’ second.
A more inconsistent, yet nonetheless determined, second half followed as the away side tried to capitalise on sloppy play from Slough’s midfield who were rescued time and again by the defence.
The result was sealed upon Sunny dispatching a penalty corner past the keeper’s left hand with 15 left to play. Although far from a perfect performance, the Pink N’ Blacks will do well to use this game as a springboard on which to propel themselves up the table.
Squad: Lenni Bobzien, Paul Brown, Gurlal Singh Buttar, Monty Panesar, Arun Brar, Inder Dagger, Mo Rahman, Floris Verhaar, Bobby Bansal, Sunny Rai, Johannes Klöss, Laurence Kimberley, Kieran Sandhu, Arjun Thind.
Man of the Match: Johannes Klöss
Dick of the Day: Kuli Matharu
Report by LK