This Saturday the Ladies 3s played an outstanding game against league leaders Sonning 1s in truly hockey weather. It was an extreme challenge – 100% record; no goals conceded. The girls almost pulled off an amazing away win, settling in the end for a very creditable draw, forcing the league leaders to concede their first two goals of the season.
Hawks came out strongly in the first half, oozing determination and energy. This paid off when they were awarded a short corner in the first 10 minutes, Captain Lizzie taking the L3s into an early lead with a fantastic first time strike from the top of the D. The play was evenly matched for the next 10 minutes, with Sonning looking dangerous, but Hawks continuing to consolidate their position with some great attacking play. However, regaining possession, Sonning launched a counter attack, scoring from open play to level the score at 1-1.
As Hawks settled into the game, the girls started to create even more chances. Some great passing and linking play from Katie, Gabs and the back four meant that Hawks could progress more often into Sonning’s circle. The second goal came deservedly just before half time when Olivia deflected a shot from Megan into the back of the net. At half-time, Hawks were back in the lead at 2-1.
Hawks came out strongly in the second half, doggedly defending their way to a 2-1 win with some amazing tackling coming from Nicky and Emily – and Evelyn on fire in goal. Sonning were a bit rattled and fought right to the end, eventually levelling the match in the last 3 minutes! This was a great return to form for Hawks and an outstanding effort from everyone on the team.
Thanks to everyone who came to support and cheer us on, including Mel who managed us brilliantly!