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Ladies 3s find late form to beat Wycombe 5-3

18 October 2014, 13:00, Cressex

Ladies' 3s 5 - 3 Wycombe Ladies 3s

The Ladies 3s travelled to Wycombe hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the league this year. With poor availability across the teams, injuries and illness, Gabrielle Mcerlain and Rebecca Black joined the team after already playing a Ladies 4s game – under the league rules you can bench for a higher team.

Hawks pressured the Wycombe defence from the start but were unable to deliver the final ball to create the opening goal. It was Wycombe that went 1-0 up after a quick break. Defender Jacqui Barlow made a good challenge directing the ball onto the attackers foot but the offence was missed by the umpires and Wycombe took advantage of their two on one to open the scoring. Hawks had the majority of the possession but failed to take their chances. A short corner was disallowed before Megan Sloan finally found the back of the net with a thumping strike to equalise before half time.

After the break Hawks switched off and Wycombe scored straight from the start of the second half. Hawks continued to dominate the game but Wycombe put everybody behind the ball to defend their lead which frustrated Hawks and the game became very narrow. Hawks began to lose their patience and tried to force the game, the neat flowing hockey from previous weeks was missing. Hawks finally equalised when, after a foul by the defender, the umpire played advantage and Harrie Brown beat the goal-keeper from close distance. However, Hawks were stunned again when Wycombe, against the run of play, scored from a penalty corner. Emily Munsey made two saves but was unable to keep the third strike out so Wycombe went 3-2 up with seven minutes to play.

It was only then that Hawks played their best hockey of the game. Katie Merrick took control of the middle of the pitch and played some exquisite balls to open up the Wycombe defence. Emma Hunter equalised for Hawks for the third time in the game from short range, very quickly followed by a goal from Beth Nagle and a second from Megan Sloan. Hawks could have scored again. Three goals in the last seven minutes turned the game around and took Hawks to the top of the league.

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