The 3s faced a trip down south to the sunny climes of Wallingford. Always a close-fought battle, this proved to be no different. We had a 3-0 win in the previous home fixture back in November but nothing was to be taken for granted.
Both sides were put under equal pressure with both goalkeepers being tested early on. Hawks broke the deadlock with a fantastic team goal which was claimed by Laura Blakey. Despite a large percentage of the possession, the score remained at 1-0 at half time. We all thought back to seven days previously when we were in the same situation after 35 minutes. An inspirational team talk by Kim had seen us go into the second half against Amersham and Chalfont with extra determination and confidence, leading to a much-deserved 4-0 victory and we all believed that this could be repeated a week later. There was a definite “could do better” theme to the half-time break this week but a real feeling that each of us had to step up a gear in order to play the hockey of which we, as a team, were undoubtedly capable.
Once again, Hawks peppered the opposition's ‘D’ with chance after chance. At last, Emily slotted the ball past the keeper to give us a 2 goal cushion. This gave us the determination to make that extra effort to connect with the fantastic passes into the ‘D’ and to pile on more
pressure. Two goals were then disallowed - one for someone apparently obstructing the keeper and another for a stick check off the ball (the Hawks goalkeeper found guilty of very premature goal celebration girly squealing…) but the frustration from that fuelled the third goal by Beth Nagle who timed her run perfectly to take us to a 3-0 lead.
The deal was sealed by another ‘team’ goal which was scored by Rosie McEwan-Smith in a powerful first time strike into the back of the net. Four nil to the mighty Oxford Hawks Ladies 3s. A good result but there could have been many more goals. If only… hopefully they have been saved for our last two matches – the best is yet to come!
Player of the match was awarded to Katie Merrick for her consistency in midfield, and the honour of making next week's cakes went to Team Gecko for their gecko-skills.