This game should have taken place before Christmas on a day when the Black Ice around Witney was deemed too lethal, and so it took place today on what had threatened to be a Stormy May Day but turned out to be a chilly, windy morning. Caz’s tales of her eventful half term with sick children turning her into a Night Prowler on the internet shopping sites helped lighten the mood in the changing room as it Ain’t No Fun waiting to take on the league leaders.
Knowing that this game was Rock Or Bust, Hawks were strong out of the blocks from the off. It was an intense first 10mins as each team tried to penetrate each other’s weak spots. As play progressed, a spectator was overheard musing What’s Next To The Moon and some bright spark responded with ‘a lot of stars’ as first Emily then Emma weaved their way down the left flank, pulling back to Diz who slipped the ball across the goalie for Sandra to dink into the far corner of the goal. Witney responded to the Hawks jubilations with some intense pressure on the Hawks defence. Taking ‘advantage’ (as the umpire said) of the fact that Anything Goes, Witney scored a soft goal to equalise. Having been forewarned by Vicky about Witney’s Problem Child, Phil and Becky marked her out of the game, disrupting Witney’s attacking routines. Hawks utilised this confusion to press hard, Vicky smashing those Big Balls through to the forwards, which paid off as Caz sent Hawks into the lead at half-time with cracking goal from the top of the ‘D’.
Skipper Catherine had to remind the squad It’s A Long Way To The Top to prevent Hawks getting carried away with their first half performance. Despite the warning Witney pulled back an equaliser soon into the second half. Hawks, lit by a Baptism Of Fire, switched into War Machine mode. Moving the ball slickly round the pitch, haggling and pressuring Witney into mistakes, spectators were nodding in agreement that the Girls Got Rhythm as Hawks effortlessly broke from their 25 at speed to find Diz in acres of space who neatly slotted the ball pass the keeper to put Hawks into the lead. As Hawks watched the Witney heads Go Down, they turned the Wheels on the Rock N’ Roll Train to maintain their lead. A momentary lapse however saw Phil and the umpire squabble over Who Made Who, with Phil earning her first green card of the season. Shortly after Witney were Thunderstruck as first Dawes then Caz then Sandra spun and danced through their defence, fooling the keeper to dive early as Sandra completed the routine with a trademark reverse stick hit into the top corner. Witney trudged the Highway To Hell as the clock counted down towards a well-earned victory for Hawks.
MOM went to Evelyn being as Hard As A Rock, saving countless short corners and open play attempts on goal.
Thanks to Rachel Bellemy and the Witney umpire for umpiring what was a very enjoyable and friendly match.