Hawks Ladies' 3s began their league game against Wokingham on a cold and wet Saturday. After having a week off everyone was raring to go and ready to beat the opposition.
The game started strongly, with Hawks taking control from the first whistle. Strong attacks from inners Laura, Row and Gabs provided the forwards with opportunities to threaten Wokingham’s defence. Within the first 10 minutes Hawks were awarded a short corner. The ball was pushed out to the top of the D where Lizzie took a shot to the far post. Luckily Gabs was ready to slot the ball in with a deflection. Hawks were 1-0 up, 10 minutes into the game. After the restart, Wokingham began to put pressure on the Hawks’ defence, making a few breaks through the middle of the pitch. However, Hawks’ secure defence of Nicky, Emily and Lucy soon resolved the threat of Wokingham’s attack. Hawks relentlessly continued to attack Wokingham’s defence with the forward line of Kath, Lizzie, Olivia and Beth creating scoring chances at every opportunity. Hawks’ second goal developed when Beth battled against the keeper and managed to place the ball over the line. The half-time whistle blew and Hawks were 2-0 up.
As the second half got underway it was clear that Wokingham were not going down without a fight. However, Hawks fought back and a strong midfield line of Rosie, Katie and Becca caused havoc to Wokingham’s structure and continued to allow the inners and forwards with endless opportunities at goal. As a result, it wasn’t long before Row took advantage of this and took a strike from the top of the D, beating the keeper and scoring Hawks’ 3rd goal of the game. However, Wokingham didn’t give up and before long they had an attacking break into Hawks D, taking a strike at goal. Fortunately, Evelyn was ready for this and made a great diving save, keeping a clean sheet for the defence. The fourth goal to Hawks was a fantastic demonstration of linked play. The ball was delivered from Rosie to Row. Row ran with the ball to the edge of the D and delivered a fast and accurate ball in front of the keeper. Olivia was on post and deflected the ball expertly into the back of the goal. Hawks continued to apply pressure all the way to the ending whistle, and a deserving 4-0 win was awarded.
Man of the match was a three way tie between Row, Gabs and Rosie.
Dick of the day was awarded to Nicky for her chant of “come on hockey”, rather than “come on hawks”…