Fresh from three solid wins in a row, the ladies 3s faced Thame this week, who have managed to take points from some surprising teams in the league, so Hawks were primed for a tough game - and a tough slog it was!
In our previous fixture, Hawks went 0-1 down only to win 6-1 in the end. We weren't to be so lucky this time around, though yet again it was Thame who took an early lead, with a well-worked play in the first ten minutes. As usual, Hawks finally found form after a shaky start, and responded almost immediately with a slick team effort that was finished strongly by Becca, tucking the ball inside the right post.
Thame were the more determined team to begin with, winning every 50-50 ball and making Hawks look disjointed. But Hawks slowly began to respond to Thame's rather enthusiastic tackling and physical challenges with more determination of our own. Unfortunately this is when a run of miscontrolled balls by Thame caused injury, taking out first Becca with a ball to the collar bone, then moments later her sister Katie was taken out with a deflected ball to the forehead, requiring a visit to A&E (hope you're OK Katie - and Sue Clark please don't be too cross with us about the U18 fixture tomorrow!).
Hawks were unable to convert a few short corners, with solid defending from Thame. Hawks' second goal came from another excellent build up of play, with the ball moved swiftly around the D, and a goalmouth scramble which was finished by Gabs, who swept the ball strongly into the back of the net. 2-1 to Hawks.
Another run of attack in Hawks' favour was thwarted by a fallen Thame player on the goal line and Hawks were duly awarded a flick. Kim stepped up to the mark but was denied by the tip of the GK's stick, ending her 100% flick record for Hawks (sorry team!)
At half time Hawks were determined to improve and not get bogged down in the middle of the pitch. The second half saw a much more focussed effort, with much of the possession in Hawks' favour and several short corners, none of which came off. When Thame did break, they looked dangerous and were stopped in their tracks by Jacs several times, with some great saves by Megan. Hawks came away from the second half with several more injuries but sadly no further goals and were glad to hold the 2-1 scoreline to the final whistle. It wasn't the finest hockey displayed by Hawks this season but it was a very significant 3 point win which stands Hawks in good stead for the game against Newbury next weekend.
Thanks to Katie for being StatO and for getting Katie C to A&E and to all of our spectators!
MOM votes were shared between Rosie, Gabs, and Lizzie - when a few last votes came in, the award went to Rosie.