20th August 2016

Radcliffe Borough Tournament Runner Ups

After a mini-summer break the Hawks were eager to play this tournament, re-arranged thanks to the good old British weather. Sporting a brand new kit (thanks to Mark for sorting) the Hawks took to their games with their usual grit and determination, mixed with a good old dollop of speed and skill.Successfully navigating the group phase unbeaten, and action packed quarter final and then a very close semi-final. Just like the pro’s neither team giving anything away at that stage of the competition the semi went to penalties. The keepers were solid and the goals were small as penalty after penalty was saved or off target, until up stepped Leo to smash home the winner. Maybe the first time penalties have finished 1nil!

The boys proudly entered the arena from the changing rooms to booming music and a rousing reception from the fans, again just like the pro’s. The final was a very good game, against a strong Pennine Black team who’s only goal proved decisive.

The Hawks were understandably disappointed with their Silver medal 🙂 but a quick round of ‘pile on’ including sitting on Chris’s head got them smiling again.

Well played Pennine and thanks Radcliffe for such a well organised tournament, and a great facility.


11th June 2016

Walshaw Tournament 2016 Runner Ups

Hawks runners up in Walshaw Tournament, cracking semi final, came from behind twice to win 3-2. Could’ve won the final 3 nil denied by the bar, post and finger tips save, lost to a goal mouth scramble, tears at the end and that was just the coaches

This tournament is well worth entering, same price as others but over two weekends, good value, and all the games are close together too


28th May 2016

Droylsden Tournament Quarter finalists 

The Hawks 2nd tournament of the year, this time at Droylsden Academy on a great 6aside pitch. The sun shone, the gazebo provided a welcome base of operations, loads of fun and facilities and all the Hawks got stuck into their games.

Special mentions to Zach, solid in nets, Leo, Glyn, Alex and Josh all strong in defence, great distribution from Luke, Nat tirelessly patrolling the midfield, skills from Joe and Kayden and fantastic forward play from Ollie.

Nice one Louise for bringing the gazebo and Leon for the bag of goodies.

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26th March 2016

Fred Longworth Easter Tournament 2016

The Hawks took their chance to play their first 7aside games in this well organised tournament.
Playing against some established 7aside playing teams the Hawks did themselves and their travelling supporters proud. Everyone chipped in, playing in a variety of positions but always playing for their team, well done boys.

MotT – Nat, solid and consistent in every position he played, and a goal celebration Tardelli would be proud of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XOL8o-3TZ8
Thanks to the guys at Fred Longworth for the chance to play in this tournament.




Hawks win Radcliffe Juniors Tournament 2015

First up came Radcliffe Borough Aces, playing against them for the fifth time this season they are quickly becoming our local rivals 😉 In a very close game the Aces won through with some shows of skill later on.

Next up, a new challenger approaching, St Andrews, an unknown force? A very close game ensued, it seemed Luke’s goal direct from the corner would clinch it, but two very late strikes swung the game in St Andrews favour, the boys learned that football can be a cruel game.

Being a tournament format though it was all still to play for, a win in the final group game should on paper bring an easier game in the semi final. But first the Hawks had to face the local heros: Radcliffe Juniors, a team the Hawks hadn’t played since their 3rd ever game back in July. In a great game of end to end stuff the Hawks won through.

Then the semi final, against the other Radcliffe Juniors team, the easier game proved to be an empty promise! Spurred on by their home advantage the Juniors couldn’t be broken down, their keeper having a great game and peppering the Hawks goal mouth with shots from the kick-off. The Hawks clung on, and found the breakthrough in the end. Well played Radcliffe Juniors, the Hawks progress to the final against the other Radcliffe Juniors.

In a tense opening, the coaches were nervous, the fans were nervous, but the boys, like they had all day, battled on bravely. In another great game the Hawks got their victory, and the first silverware for our coaches, pride all round.

Well played Radcliffe Juniors, and well played Marauders Hawks.




Chadderton Park Lions v Hawks

Draw in epic encounter, MotM: Luke

Some pre-match advice from the club nutritionist via http://www.footy4kids.co.uk/footballfood.htm provided an opportunity for food based puns, but I carrot yolk, you’ve curd them all before.

So with the Hawks suitably prepped on honey and bananas they arrived pumped up for a game. An early goal from the Lions then a quick response from the Hawks, with Joe scoring off a corner, then soon after Glyn drives the ball forward allowing Nat to nip in with a cheeky Michael Owen type dink into the net.

The game then ebbed and flowed with some great football on show from both sides. The Hawks maintained their lead for most of the game, but the Lions were not pussycats, they roared back late in the game and grabbed an equaliser. At the final whistle the ref commented on it being the best game he’d ever refereed.

Penalty heartbreak then followed for the Hawks supporters, but the boys bravely took it on the chin.

Luke was man of the match with a true captain’s performance.


Hawks v Bridge Hawks

Narrow defeat but included a goal of the season contender with all five players involved in the move, starting with a short pass from Zach in nets, triangles from Leo to Glyn to Nat who drives it forward then supplies a great through ball for Alex to top it off with a cool finish, that was worth the ticket price alone. MotM Luke.



Hawks v Radcliffe Borough Aces

Slender defeat in a good old tussle, MotM: Joe

The intrepid coaches returned, fresh exhausted from their two weekends away, grateful to not have to put in several hours on a training pitch all weekend again, but secretly missing their well stocked packed lunches.

A good game played well by both sides, a few tough challenges, and some great control, turns and passing on display for the fans. Another top performance from our referee who was last seen heading to the shops to buy some vanishing spray and a black shirt so he can look the part in future matches.

Our two goalies both had a great game, especially judging by the colour of the top as it went into the washing machine, but Joe took the MotM with a fantastic all round performance.



Chadderton Park Lions v Hawks

Just beaten in close game, MotM: Oliver

In another match affected by missing coaches, then a missing referee, but plenty of weather present, the boys were beaten in a quagmire. Playing well and leading for much of the game the Hawks were outdone towards the end of the match, maybe they need a few laps of the training pitch carrying 50lb rucksacks?

The vote of confidence from the club chairman did little for the temporary coaches’ sleep the night before. And even the supporters chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ didn’t inspire them further. Chin up lads, you’ve weathered the storm and it really can only get better from here. Thanks to Rob and Chris for helping out in the Hawks hours of need.



Bury Amateurs v Hawks

Narrow loss in close game, MotM; Zach

In an audacious tactical change the coaches subbed themselves, leaving it to the support staff to step-up from their normal roles of drivers and swinging the crosses in at training to be the replacement coaches. Cometh the hour cometh the Coach Rob and Coach Chris, stepping up for their first game in charge.

A tight game ensued, with birthday boy Zach topping off a great first half performance with a well taken goal.

Well played Rob and Chris.



Hawks v Pennine Juniors Reds

Winning draw in low scoring game, MotM: Alex

Fresh from their mini tournament the weekend before, where the support staff were freezing, but the Hawks were on fire. Successfully taking on all comers from the Manchester area and beaten only by the mighty Radcliffe Borough.

This was their second match on grass this year, the Hawks flocked to the task like ducks to water and swam like fishes. Great play from Alex early on, grabbing a goal and making another for Joe to coolly finish. Pennine rallied and fought back with three unanswered goals.

A scramble on the edge of the box and Leo poked home to make it 3-all right on 30minutes. Pennine grabbed the lead again within seconds, but were then outdone by a lofted shot from Luke. Whilst Luke was sub he advised the coach he was going to score a wonder goal once he got back on the pitch, making good on his promise his shot sailing over the keepers head and dropping just under the bar.

With the scores level and a few minutes left neither team settling for the draw, end to end stuff ensued but both keepers were not to be beat again. Great game, well played Pennine.

Nat’s robust performance in goal worthy of special mention, but Alex took the MotM trophy with a great team contribution.



Hawks v Bury Amateurs

Narrow win in relocated game, MotM: Nat

A game that nearly wasn’t, the pitch went from snow covered, frozen to waterlogged at Drinkwater Park so that wasn’t looking good. Possibility of spending a few bob and playing on astroturf, but we already pay enough subs don’t we ;)* A last minute discussion with the St Mary’s Groundsman and we agreed to move the game.

The Hawks swooped into an early lead, with MotM Nat a one-man football playing machine smashing in 3 quick goals. The rest of the team all chipped in with some excellent movement, passing and supporting play on display. Goalie Glyn put in a great second half as Bury tried hard to get back into the game but the Hawks defended well.

Good game, well played Bury Amateurs.

* – Webmaster advise. Take on the treasurer at your own peril. She’s the only person I know whom the tax office are afraid of!



Radcliffe Borough Aces v Hawks

Narrow defeat in high scoring game, MotM: Leo.

No concern about waterlogged pitches as the game was rearranged to Radcliffe Borough’s astroturf pitch. There was still a fair bit of weather to contend with and possibly the first time a keeper has complained about sunshine and hail in his eyes at the same time.

Being the first game of the new year, after a long break, could the boys recall their form from last year, or would they be plodding about like a bunch of Christmas puddings? Turns out the break did them good, with everyone putting in a battling performance against a good Radcliffe side.

Oliver’s runs, turns and passing, Luke’s covering play and challenges, silky skills from Joe, cool finishing from Nat, Alex’s crossing and marking, pure determination from both Zach and Glyn, and Leo’s brave performance in goal, all the boys did themselves proud. Let’s have more Christmas holidays I say!

Leo’s performance all the more impressive when he got home and revealed exactly how many layers of clothing he’s was wearing, 5 tops, 4 pants and 3 pairs of socks. The weight of clothes alone must have took some shifting.



Hawks v Pennine Juniors Black

Narrow defeat as Manager goes AWOL, MotM: Luke

The Manager and by some bizarre co-incidence the guy who writes the match reports were both absent for the game this week. Reports are sketchy at this time, a bit like the managers current state of mind. Attending his works Xmas Do, a night out in Preston, where it was confirmed that Preston is indeed not a patch on his native Wigan.

There were rumours before the game that a young apprentice would be stepping up for his first appearance as referee. Reports are he did, and he put in a good stint too, guaranteeing himself a call-up again in the future. Well played Referee! (So he knows the difference between a corner and a dead ball?)

With pre-match pitch shenanigans, and a missing manager, the Hawks had it all to do, and up against a well organised Pennine Juniors side seems they couldn’t quite get their moves flowing, a bit like their manager on a Preston dance floor the night before. Nevertheless reports are they all enjoyed themselves and played some good football.



Roach Dynamos Orange v Hawks

Good win in another close game against a Roach Dynamos team, MotM: Leo

Arriving at the ground the Marauder Child Welfare Officer was impressed with Roach’s sign, a reminder to everyone what it’s all about.


An early morning Hawk drop-out left the coach’s original plan in tatters, with the squad reduced to 7 Hawks he hastily assembled a Plan B. Then a delayed kick-off and commitments after the game meant we might lose a Hawk before the end so Plan B was soon ditched. Instead Plan C was deployed: wing it.

To be fair Plan C seemed to work better than the first two meticulously thought out plans, with the Hawks taking an early lead. Roach were not to be outdone and rallied well battling back to take the lead for themselves. It was to be a close game, end to end stuff, with not much to separate the teams. Some fine play from Oliver brought the Hawks back into the lead, some notable trickery and control from Alex, and Leo claimed Man of the Match with some good positional play and an assist for Nat to get the goal that he really wanted.

A quick glance through the record books reveals every Hawk has now won Man of the Match twice, what an amazing co-incidence!

P.S. Joe wasn’t too impressed at last weeks comparison and would like to point out he has more pace than Pirlo. You’ve got to admire his ambition. I’d be happy if someone watched me play and said I was like a tubby, ginger Jan Molby who’d lost his touch.



Hawks v Chadderton Park Lions

Narrow defeat in game affected by superstitions, MotM: Glyn

Right sock then left sock, special underpants or a favourite seat, if you’ve got a pre-match routine or OCD you know its important. The manager arrived concerned that his recent Manager of the Month award could prove to be cursed, but on arrival forgot all about that as he discovered Harry the Hawk was absent. This critical information was kept from the boys so as not to disrupt their game.

And another great game it was for the loyal fans and support staff who turned up in their droves. A very close first 10, the Lions pulling away in the second 10, possibly the best 10 minutes in a Hawks shirt by anyone in the 3rd 10 from Luke, smashing in four well taken goals and pulling the game level with a brilliant individual display of skill and determination. A tense final 10 that saw the Lions regroup and push on for the win, well played Chadderton.

Was it the Manager of the Month award, or the missing mascot?

Special mention to Joe who scored an absolute pearler into the top corner, Jack Colback no chance, we have our very own Ginger Pirlo. Man of the Match to Glyn putting in solid stint in the middle.

Do the Poznan:



Roach Black v Hawks

Hawks with narrow win in game that went DWDLDW, MotM: Nat

Solid start from the Hawks as they move into a comfortable early lead, ahead after the first 10 minutes. The Hawks coaches then make some changes and Roach start to pull it back. Half-time and the Hawks still just in the lead. Another change from the Hawks coaches, and Roach pull level, then go ahead. The Hawks coaches finally sort themselves out and one more change for the final 10 sees the Hawks first get back level then go on to win. A good game for the fans, and well played Roach.

Luke played well in nets in the first half, Oliver and Zach contributed with some impressive dribbling, a few tidy challenges from Leo, but Nat’s well taken goals swung the result and the Man of the Match nomination




Hawks v Woodbank Reds

Hawks just beaten in a great tussle, MotM: Oliver

The boys took a while to shake off the spooky cobwebs from last nights Halloween party, with a strong Woodbank side making the most of their opportunity and taking a first half lead that proved to be unassailable. The boys re-grouped at half-time and had a fantastic second half, hustling, bustling and battling for the ball.

We scored some brilliant goals today, including a mazy run and strike from Joe that Maradona would have been proud of, a clinical Van Basten volley from Leo and two cool finishes from Nat and Oliver that Romario himself would still be talking about.

Thanks to Leon on his debut as ref, putting in a great performance, commanding and getting the respect of the players like a young Collina, from the days when he used to have hair.

Oliver earned Man of the Match, with a solid performance.

Well played Woodbank.


Hawks v Roach Dynamos Orange

Hawks score last minute winner in great game versus Roach Dynamos Orange, MotM: Luke

In a match re-arranged to Sunday to allow for the greater number of players to be available six Hawks lined-up for selection. Luke confirmed he’d go in goal, wanting to banish the demons from his last go in goal versus Radcliffe. Joe was disappointed to learn the coaches had decided to divert from their usual tactics of the first 5 who arrive start the game, and his cries of ‘I was 3rd here’ fell on deaf ears as Joe started as sub. He did use the opportunity to regale his manager with tales of his Saturday goal scoring exploits for the manager’s old team.

A very close game ensued, the Hawks never more than two goals ahead, and never going behind, while Roach kept battling and kept pulling back level. The Hawks hit the right post, the left post, and in the second half got their hat-trick with a shot off the bar. A well taken goal from Joe in the last few minutes settled a match worthy of the title El Clasico.

Some excellent midfield marauding* from Leo, good play from Alex, tackling and moving the ball forward, but Luke took the man of the match with an assured first half in nets, then a second half with a goal, the shot against the bar and then doing his job in defence when asked.

Well played Roach for doing their bit to make it a great game.

* – Pun of the Match Report – Manager Dan


Hawks v Chadderton Park Griffins

New mascot brings luck as Hawks win in close game, MotM: Alex

After last week’s shocking editing by the web-master (cultured committee member) there’ll be no mention of the funny folk o’er’th’ill this week.

Fresh from their mid-week penalty marathon, (well done all the boys, 100 penalties scored in under 10minutes) the Hawks arrived to this away fixture with our mascot, Harry, on his debut.

A tight game for 35 minutes, end to end stuff, lots of great tracking back and challenging from the defence, and some good running and movement from the midfield. Took a while for our boys to get their hawk-eyes in, but once they did the goals starting flying in, and the score soared…

Penalties after the match were a different story, obviously tired from midweek’s penalty challenge not one penalty was scored by the Hawks! Credit to Chadderton’s keeper too.

Alex secured Man of the Match, with a great performance on and off the pitch.



Hawks v Wardle Juniors

Hawks win in close game versus Wardle Juniors, MotM: Joe

When the Hawks Drivers received the address details for this away fixture you could hear the cries of ‘that’s nearly in yorkshireland (Centre O’ Universe) where the funny folk come from’. There was no chance of making up time by speeding on the journey there with the smart motorway 50mph cameras in place along the M62. Despite that most of us managed to arrive before the keyholder opened the gate, nice one Hawks Drivers.

The boys piled out of their respective transport to be presented with a tidy pitch on the edge of the Pennines. A great game ensued, the keepers and defenders sticking to their jobs at the back, the midfielders marauding all over the pitch. A well matched game, with the Hawks just winning through, benefiting from great teamwork, some slick substitutions and a tasty brioche for the half-time snack.

The brioche supply alone might of been enough to earn Joe man of the match, but some of his slick turns and moves and a well taken goal guaranteed it, well played Joe.

Thanks to Wardle Juniors for the great game.



Hawks v Radcliffe Borough Aces

Narrow defeat in a rain soaked game. MotM: Oliver

The boys battled the weather and a good team today. A brave first half performance from Luke in nets, determined to make some saves and not let anyone else take his jersey, even though it was soaking wet. Positional play, good touches, passes and teamwork from all the boys, but one stood out. During our mid-week friendly, hastily arranged due to cancelled training facilities, he managed to score a goal the likes we’ll possibly never see again. Losing his boot to a challenge in the middle of a mazy run, he carried on with one socked foot, but it was a good sock (I think it has LFC embroidered on it) and as he took the ball into the box he blasted home with it, great goal. Buoyed by his mid-week performance he put in another good stint today, topped off with a very good second half spell in net. Put your boot back on and step up Oliver, our man of the match.

And well played Radcliffe.



Ramsbottom United Merinos v Marauders Hawks

After hearing about last weeks performance a proper ref turned up to show how its done, with last weeks ref being relegated to unfamiliar territory of being a linesman. A proper flag was thrust into his hands, he looked but sadly there were no instructions on how to use it.

Undeterred the Marauders got stuck in, resplendent in their new tops, (thanks for sorting Angela), with their proud sponsors logo emblazoned across the front, see Glyn for all your building and decorating needs.

It was blues versus blues and blacks, and just like the Ryder Cup this game was about getting the blue on the board and maintaining the pressure. Sure enough it was the blues. Some great defending and attacking play from both sides, a good match to watch for all the fans.

Alex put in some great forward play, keeping the ball and taking people on, but Glyn’s second half positional play, sticking to the job in hand, managed to secure himself the Man of the Match. Well played boys.



Hawks v Seedfield Jets

Marauders Hawks in marginal victory over Seedfield Jets, MotM: Leo
In a game of four quarters the boys continued their run of good form, although perhaps they need to focus on learning the difference between left and right in training. Great positional play from Leo early on, regularly getting in the box shouting for crosses. Topped his first half performance off by scoring a great volley (in the wrong nets but don’t worry about that he was brave about it) and then keeping a clean sheet as keeper in the second half. Some fine dribbling and finishing from Nat and some excellent touches and turns from Oliver and Joe. The referee put in a world class performance with some excellent decisions, and absolutely no problems identifying who’s throw-ins was who’s and even whether or not the ball was over the touchline.



Hawks v Cheetham Hill Juniors

Hawks claim narrow victory in a great game.
First away match of the season and we found the sun shining and a nice big pitch in top-class condition.
A local derby, school chums greeted each other from across the half way line, but once the whistle went they became well matched opponents. A very close game ensued, passing, dribbling, positional play, defending and tackling, all the players did themselves proud. It was a game of few chances and the keepers stood up when called upon, pulling off some fine saves and challenges.
Well played Cheetham Hill, very well run, great atmosphere and supporters from both sides thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
MotM: Zach, topped off a great all round performance with an excellent stint in goal.
Thanks to Cheetham Hill for the birthday cake too.