Early Saturday morning Hawks faced Maidenhead in their final game at home this season. Spirits were high after last week’s win against Marlow though perhaps the focus was too much on the sunny weather rather than the game ahead. As seems the norm these days Hawks started slowly and allowed Maidenhead to play as they pleased, resulting on some early pressure on the Hawks D. With the defence holding firm Hawks began to attack and were soon 1-0 up courtesy of Lizzie. This seemed to settle Hawks, who had been a bit nervy in the beginning. Maidenhead kept attacking as Hawks were still allowing them too much time on the ball. Katherine, Nicky, Vicky and Aiofe were made to work hard for the ball, but did a great job of containing their opposite numbers. The continual pressure Hawks were putting on the Maidenhead defence gave them their second goal with Sandra in prime position to slot away a rebound.
Half time talk by deputy captain Phil was focussed on rousing Hawks to play their game, to up the tempo and to play like a team deserving of promotion. With this in their heads, Hawks played a different second half. The speed of ball and passing was quick and accurate, with everyone chasing down those 50:50 balls and hassling Maidenhead. Hawks were shortly 3-0 up after Vicky scored her first goal of the season from the top of the D into the left corner. Beth and Lizzie had a lovely run down the right hand side with Lizzie claiming her second goal after Beth crossed in from the baseline. Phil, Becky and Megan were having a reasonably quiet second half, easily containing the Maidenhead attack with well read interceptions and tackles. Megan was called upon a few times to make some superb saves to keep the clean sheet. ‘The Sophies’, Fi, and Gabs worked tirelessly throughout to work the ball back to the attack from the defence and were unlucky not to get on the score sheet themselves. Sandra took Hawks up to 5-0 with a close range ball behind the keeper after the forwards had been pressurising the goal. Sandra also had the final say with her trademark shot – a reverse stick hit into the net – to claim her hat trick. Well deserved though she also managed to injure herself in the process!
Another three points secured as the end of the season approaches. Players’ Player went to Phil for her excellent work in defence and for containing the centre forward. Special mention goes to Jane for her support on the sideline and for organising the subbing.
The final word is from Sophie D who noticed that Hawks scored every time she came onto the pitch!