On Saturday the 27th February Hawks ladies 3s were feeling positive about their match against Sonning 1s. The team were keen to match their performance from their previous meeting against the strong Sonning side.
A positive team talk and warm up motivated the team and as a result hawks started the first half with aggression with lots of strong passing going forwards. Hawks had a few strong breaks during the first half with some good attacks from the forward line. However, Sonning fought back strong and matched Hawks’ aggression. Unfortunately for Hawks, Sonning made a break and caught the defence off guard and managed to fire the ball over the line, going 1-0 up. After the oppositions goal, Hawks responded well and attacked hard, determined to get a goal. However, despite the team’s effort, Sonning were stronger and they continued to break through Hawks’ defence. Not long after Sonnings first goal, an unfortunate deflection off a stick caused an injury and time was stopped. This allowed time for a short team talk to motivate the team to push harder and to not give up. However, this came to no avail as the stopped time seemed to have the opposite effect and hawks performance began to drop. During this period Sonning managed to take advantage of the team’s lack of focus and they scored two quick goals. The half time whistle blew and Sonning were 3-0 up.
Coming back from half time Hawks were determined to show Sonning what they could do. From the whistle hawks looked stronger and were fighting for every 50/50 ball all over the pitch. However, it was still Sonning who took control of the game, camping out in Hawks defensive circle for most of the second half. However, MOM Olivia Clark kept Sonning’s shots at bay and held the score line at 3-0 for almost the whole of the second half. However, with numerous short corners and goal-line saves from Olivia and the defence it seemed incredible that Sonning hadn’t managed to score. Until a lucky shot from the opposition caught Hawks off-guard and put the score line up to 4-0. Hawks were unlucky not to convert a goal, with numerous attempts from the midfield and forward line throughout the second half.