High after their win last weekend Hawks were looking forward to the challenge from Worcester in their final friendly, particularly with the Baggs family out in force for both teams and as umpire!
Worcester unfortunately arrived with only 10 players but in true Hawks style Lexi and Maddie kindly volunteered to play half a game for each team.
With new faces in the team and several stepping up from the 5s Hawks started a bit tentatively and so Worcester had the stronger start. Pooky, in her second game of the day, was soon called into action as Worcester put the Hawks defence under pressure early on. Despite their best efforts it wasn’t long before Worcester were a goal ahead. Determined not to let there be more Hawks began to work together. Down the right Caroline, Jen and Rebecca were linking up well with Maddie making some great runs and they began to put Worcester on the back foot. However, Worcester’s experience soon told as they kept Hawks at bay. Catherine had her hands full with Worcester’s midfield as they tried to push through the centre before distributing wide. Chloe, in only her second game for the 4s, had an outstanding game on the half back line as she was kept busy with Worcester’s fast wingers. Pooky made some excellent saves from the opposition’s hard-hitting forwards, but as Hawks fell apart a little, an overload of numbers led to two more goals being scored.
At half time the focus was about structure and there was an obvious improvement from Hawks in the second half. Emma, Rachael and Lexi worked hard down the left wing, using their speed to run rings around the Worcester defence, distributing the ball through to Dizzy and Caz up front. These efforts were rewarded with some short corners though Hawks failed to capitalise on these opportunities. Although Hawks were an improved side this half, Becky, Jacs and Pooky were still kept busy at the back. Worcester showed how well-drilled short corners can be very effective, despite Chloe’s brave sprinting as 1 st runner. Hawks kept their heads high and were soon to be rewarded with a well earnt goal courtesy of Vicky’s hard work in the centre and pass through for Rachael to run onto and score. Although playing against a tough opposition so early in the season there were plenty of promising signs that this team can challenge for 1 st position this season in the league.
Thanks to Charlie Baggs and Hugh Bentley for the excellent umpiring.