It was a match that we really wanted to win to keep us in second place in the league with a small cushion as Reading were snapping at our heels in 3rd place.
We started a little nervously with plenty of attacking play but just couldn't find the back of the net. Then to break the deadlock, a team goal followed which was started from defence with some lovely swift passing through midfield, onto Lotty on the right wing who drove down to the baseline and crossed into the D where Sandra picked up the loose ball and with a backhand smash put the ball over the goal-line, 1-0. This was the start of some lovely movement from Hawks as we started moving the ball around with some urgency. We won a few short corners on the run but unfortunately couldn't convert them. We started to tire slightly and allowed Reading to penetrate our D with some good attacking moves but they didn't take their chances. In another attacking move Hawks scored another goal courtesy of Rachael Potter. Half time score 2-0.
After a positive discussion at half-time, it was agreed we couldn't rest on our laurels. So we started the second half as we left off from the first half with lots of attacking play although we let Reading have a bit more possession and they made the most it forcing some hard work from our defence and some good saves from Millie in goal. Ball cleared and it was back up'tother end for some more attacking and with another run of short corners, we managed to convert one with a firm strike from Lotty. And so play continued end to end with Hawks not setting the press closely enough with the ball sneaking through from Reading's well practiced hit out routine. Hawks certainly didn't give up trying to increase the score and also trying to keep their potential clean sheet. It was a great team effort and lots of positives to finish the first half of the season and also to take into next weeks encounter with Bicester.
MOM went to Izzy dale Harris, returning to ladies hockey after a season out, for excellent mid field play.