Hawes Utd crossed the Dales to take on the mighty Reserves in only their second game of the season after having last week off. The visitors had already been beaten 4-1 on the opening day of the season, and this game against the young Richmond Town Reserve side was going to prove to be a hard fought affair. Hawes are always strong and competitive, and the management team remember when Hawes won the league and often challenged for the title in the following seasons (no it wasn’t that long ago in the scheme of things, we are not that old). The travelling Hawes side however, are a shadow of their former dominance; and despite the Reserves not playing to the standard set the week previous during the demolition of Colburn, the home side were too good for the visitors.
A rather cagey start at first from the home side, who didnt move the ball quickly enough. Hawes were good a generally pressing and this stopped the short passing game, building from the back and the away side ate up any long balls to Simpson who was playing up top.
After a short time settling into the game, there was an early chance for the sublime Lewington who, with a touch of deja-vu from last week, shot wide when through on goal. Lewington, then was clean through following a ball by Fortheringham down the right hand side. Eddie was that quick and the defenders were so far behind he just begun to slow down, only the keeper to beat, Eddie tried to tap it past the keeper at his near post, but the keeper stuck out a foot pushing the ball onto the post.

The first goal though was pure class. The influential Cock, already with 2 goals to his name in the previous game, added to his season’s tally after great work by Lewington. Eddie squared the ball from the left to Cock who slipped in around the back. With it all to do, Cock cushioned the ball and performed a kind of chip come volley over the keeper into the top corner. It was a goal of sheer quality and a goal like this will never be scored again. Cock stroked it home lovely. (Note to readers: the paragraph describing the first goal is total fiction. Lewis did score this goal although it just kind of hit him on the goal line and looped into the top of the net. Please disregard the bullshit previously written)

One nil up and the home side were growing into the game now, with Rob doing well down the right hand side, only to find his final ball just lacking. Into half time and the home side were winning, but perhaps a little frustrated that more goals had not come their way. The second half brought on drama, mainly caused by the ref for his inability to actually ref. A ball up to Nathan who was in the box with his back to goal, encouraged the Hawes defender to win the ball but only if he came right through the back of the striker. He dutifully obliged and Nathan was wiped out in the box, the ref gave no penner though, what a joke. According to the man in black, Nathan ain’t strong enough. Excuse me ref have you seen Nath, he is like an ox. Hard done by, the home side rallied and a lovely ball from Rob on the edge of the box found Eddie who hit a great shot past the keeper and the ball flew in. It was a great time to score as Hawes had equalised a few minutes before when Captain Lugs allowed his man to turn who squared the ball and the midfielder finished well into the bottom corner.
Eddie, growing in confidence, was played in down the left and the winger was too quick and clever for the Hawes defender. With them both chasing the high ball, the defender knew he was never going to catch him, so just pushed Eddie out of the way in the box. A foul anywhere else on the pitch, but the ref seemed to have an aversion to giving PKs, again waved away the shouts from the home side. Gaz, on for Rob at this point decided to take matters into his own hands and made a strong late challenge on the Hawes defender. The ref had lost control of the game and with frustrations building, Assistant Head Ball Blower Kenny was sin binned for inquiring where the ref kept his head (suggesting it was in a dark hole, near his rear). Kenny, who was already off the pitch so couldn’t actually go any where, asked where the sin bin was, to which the ref said somewhere near some other goals. Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye what a silly little twat. While Kenny was walking to stand in his bin of sin, Rammer called someone a f***ing idiot, and with ref feeling like he was getting picked on, gave the Gaffer a straight red card (which after the game, he told Rammer he got the wrong card out, what a muppet). Shortly after all the drama, Nathan picked up a pass from Jamie, and rifled a shot from outside of the box which arrowed into the bottom corner. Magic from the man who was returning from injury and was so prolific pre-season. Town continued to play well throughout the game with Matty playing some great balls for the forwards, Harry again winning everything in midfield and the back line continues to impress each and every game (come back each week Steady, you’re my favourite).
The away side rarely troubled the young team who are growing in stature each week. No one was getting past Tyler or Jamie, with Sean and Jacob mopping anything up. Walker in the nets was a general spectator with just some routine catching and collecting to keep him involved.
There was just time for another goal, when Lewington, who had tormented all day long, was clean down the wing, squared the ball to beetroot head Walker (he had done at least 10 mins of running and was “hot”), to tap in, only for the Hawes defender to turn it in for Gaz.
The result ended 4-1 to Super Reserves who could have had more on the day. We will take 3 points against a usually strong Hawes though.

What did we learn today lads?

1. Even if we don’t play to our best standard, we will always create chances.
2. Mark does not like anyone bullying his brother
3. Our back line is awesome, and we have so many good options in there (Kyle, Jamie, Davo, Sean, Jacob, Tyler, Forbesy (when he is back, and Joe Jordan knocking on the door) all quality lads.
4. Nathan can finish (top strike today mate)
5. Even when the ref is hump, Sean still loves them.
6. Cocksy can make any goal sound good, even when it is possibly the shittiest goal anyone has ever seen.

AWS next week boys. Another tough game. It has been a hard few games for us and we go in full of confidence. Let’s work as a team, press as a team and remember, we are all in it together. Everyone has their part to play.