After the performance against Epsom the week before, the Ladies 2s were looking forward to the game against Spencer.
Spencer got the better start and were immediately putting pressure on Hawks all over the pitch but GK, Olivia Clark made some good saves to keep the score at 0-0. After 6 minutes, Spencer were awarded a penalty corner which they converted to make it 1-0. Hawks responded well and began to build up the play, with Kathryn Poulter and Storm Sunderland combing well on the right hand side. However Spencer’s GK did well to deny Hawks any goal scoring opportunities. Three minutes later, Spencer scored again but Hawks were not deterred. Megan Jones used her very speedy ways to put pressure on the Spencer defence, causing them to mistrap the ball. Meg jumped on this immediately and showed great awareness, passing the ball to Kasey Butler who was sprinting to get ahead. Kasey picked up the ball, remaining calm under pressure from the Spencer GK and defence and slotted the ball past the keeper. At the other end of the pitch, Laura Scragg cleared the ball from the line on two occasions keeping the score at 2-1. But Spencer scored another penalty corner before half time, making the score 3-1.
Half time wisdom from Nathan, Andy and Sue encouraged Hawks and the ladies were confident they could get back into the game. Hawks started the 2nd half really well and were rewarded with a number of short corners. In the 52nd minute, Hawks were awarded another penalty corner. The ball was slipped to the right and Kathryn hammered the ball into the bottom left corner. With the score at 3 – 2, it was all to play for! Hawks were passing the ball around really well, however Spencer were always dangerous on the counter attack. From a hit out, the ball came to right half, Nicky Campling who had some time and space to drive forward. Nicky hit the ball into the D and tiny wee Claire Werlinger appeared from nowhere to deflect the ball past the keeper into the top left hand corner. It was a great finish from tiny Claire and Hawks deserved the equaliser after creating so many chances and playing some great hockey in the 2nd half of the game.
At 3-3, Hawks were playing some really good hockey and looked dangerous in the final third. However, Spencer were awarded a penalty flick in the 65 minute which was converted giving the opposition the lead once again. Hawks kept on working till the final whistle and knew they were really unlucky not to come away with anything after the way they played in the 2nd half.
The Ladies 2s look forward to playing Henley this weekend.