Result Hawks 7 - Henley 1
Squad; Ruby Smith, Tilde Darnton, May Topley, Claire Edmiston, India Buckland, Charlotte Johnston-Watts, Louisa Hearne, Indya Kilbride-Swainston, Alessia Laird, Emma Klennerman, Rebecca Marshall, Rosie Olver, Annabel Page, Mimi Rumsby, Olivia Stacey
Goal Scorers; Rosie Olver 2, Claire Edmiston 2, Louisa Hearne 1, Alessia Laird 1, Rebecca Marshall 1
Another blustery Sunday saw the U14 Girls B team at St Edwards ready to take on a determined, and tall looking, Henley side. Henley started the brighter, pushing forward and looking to create opportunities but these were nullified well by the Hawks defence. Even when the defence was tested, and the circle penetrated, Ruby saved everything the Henley side threw at her. Hawks grew into the half, and once they had got their minds round positional discipline started to impose their quick passing game on Henley. Short corners were won, and shots were made with Hawks scoring 3 despite the valiant efforts of a very good Henley keeper. Perhaps a flattering half time score as Henley were 'in the game' but found Ruby in fine form.
Hawks started the second half in a much better shape, the Girls using the whole of the pitch more and more, and looked to stretch Henley by imposing structure as opposed to 'ball chasing'. Henley still had their moments and the defence had to keep alert to the threat but the midfield and attack were more often imposing themselves upon their counterparts. Henley fashioned a well worked goal which Ruby could do nothing about but Hawks replied with 4 of their own.
So, for a young team, with many stepping up from the U12's this season, the Girls are really starting to adapt to playing on a full pitch, letting the ball do the work and using the increased space. Two games played, 6 points in the bag, 14 goals scored with only 2 conceded. We'll take that...Merry Christmas!