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Chris Arnone Column: Bus journey back was very quiet
AWAY days are normally good for team bonding and banter, but I must admit we were all pretty quiet and subdued on the way back from Billingham on Sunday night.
Our first defeat was tough to take.
We had a long talk after the game and addressed a few issues on what was a long journey home.
The 4-1 loss in the cup made it extra hard to get out of bed the morning after – especially for those of us who are up at 6.30-7am after only getting back at around 1.30am.
But we have got a full week to recover and get ready for a big home game against Solway Sharks on Sunday.
It will be good to be back in front of our own fans, and we hope to be boosted by a few new faces thanks to our link-up with Accrington Stanley.
It’s the only game of the weekend, which is probably just what we need after a long couple of days away on the road, starting with Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Spartans.
Parity was probably only positive in the eyes of the Brittle family – with Danny and Adam on our side and brother Stuart a new signing for Sheffield.
He has been a key addition for them since our previous meeting last month.
They looked a lot stronger, especially in their own Barn, and I’m sure they’ll pull some shock results out this season.
But for us the blank weekend had clearly done us no favours at all. We weren’t really at it in either game.
We just seemed slow and on the back foot from start to finish.
Although we had the chances against Spartans, which is a plus, we didn’t put the puck away like we needed to.
When you play like that you’re not going to win games.
But coming back from behind to salvage a point means we are still unbeaten in the league, and that’s the main aim this year.
But we are taking the cup a lot more seriously so defeat at Billingham Stars was disappointing on Sunday.
It’s not the end of the world though, we know we can’t win them all.
We had a few players missing on Sunday, but that’s no excuse. There’s no beating around the bush, we just weren’t good enough.
But the good thing is we know we can perform better. We’ve just got to push on and put it right.
We’ve got to go into every game at our best.
If we’re not, we will get beaten. It’s as simple as that.
Hopefully we can put on a good show at home on Sunday, especially if there are a few extra fans in as a result of the Accrington Stanley offer of free entry for season ticket holders.
I hear some of the players fancy coming down to watch the game, which would be amazing.
It’s good to see the clubs getting behind each other and we’d welcome any new supporters.
And who knows, maybe we could start the Hawks Ultras!
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