Saturday 7th July saw the Hawks Vets travel to Newman College to tackle the second placed team in the competition. Due to a couple of unforeseen circumstance the team took to the field with ten fit players and Janson Hoskins on one leg due to a knee injury.
The game started and immediately the Hawks were on the attack. Some constructive midfield work by Barry Vanderputt and John Heath saw the ball deep in Newmans defensive area when a free sideline hit from Paul Dixie found the dangerous John Trent in the circle, the teams leading goal scorer calmly slotted the ball to put the Hawks 1-0 up within the opening few minutes. This sparked the Newman team and they attacked ferociously but some outstanding defensive work from fullbacks Len Davies and Peter Cupitt kept them at bay. Dave Vanderputt was impassable in goals and some fine saves frustrated the Newman forwards The half time score line was 1-0 and the Hawks were sensing an upset.
The second half saw continued dominance from the Hawks forwards and several strong attacks were initiated by Phil Hewton and John Heath. Colin Smith(RAT) was having his best game of the season and continually found space in attack. It was only a matter of time before he was able to capitilise on the creativity of Barry Vanderputt and Dave Frost and he found himself on the post and a clever deflection found the back of the net. This saw jubilation in the Hawks camp as this now put them 2-0 against their highly fancied opponents.
Newman however were not going to succumb without a fight and their intensity lifted over the next 10 minutes and some clever stick work from their centre half and their left inner resulted in two quick goals and all of a sudden it was game on.
The Hawks fought desperately to gain the upper hand and with only seconds on the clock, a cross from Barry Vanderputt and some accurate passing from John Heath, Paul Dixie and Phil Hewton found the creative John Trent alone on top of the circle and with the goalie bearing down on him, he managed to flick the ball past him and all players watched in amazement as the ball tricked into the net….
The final whistle blew seconds later and the Veteran Hawks continued their powerful surge up the ladder with their 4th win from 5 games. The finals are looming ………..