A grey October morning saw Hawks Ladies 4s up against a young Reading side.
With two good wins under their belt, Hawks started confidently, with plenty of
possession and chances, but a good keeper and numbers in defence made
scoring trickier than in previous weeks. However, with Rachael, Jen and Maddie
all making some excellent runs in attack, and good support from Laura and Caz
as inners, the deadlock was eventually broken with a deflected strike from
Rebecca. Reading also had their chances, despite the reliable Jacqs and Beccy
(having an excellent game, as usual this season), and Purdy pulled off a string of
excellent saves; fortunately the egg on her knee sustained in the earlier 6s match
did not seem to have affected her mobility.
After half time, Hawks picked up the pace again and put together some fine
passing moves. Charlotte, happy to be back in her more customary position, had
some groovy dribbles out of defence, whilst Chloe is looking more assured each
week she plays. Catherine distributed well whilst holding the space in the
middle, supported by Anneka playing her first game for the 4s. By now, Dizzy
was dictating play, especially down the left with some incisive passing. A fine
team move saw Rachael put the ball away at the far post. A series of short
corners followed, and Rachael appeared to have scored again, until the decision
was reversed due to an earlier infringement. This perhaps led to a loss of
concentration as the ball dribbled into the Hawks net. That is was now 2-2
instead of 3-1 galvanised Hawks into action. More pressure on the Reading goal
eventually saw Jen score a fine goal, more than making amends for her earlier
miss. With another pushed in from close range just before the end by Rebecca,
the 4-2 score line looked comfortable in the end.
Man of the match deservedly went to Dizzy, ‘destined not to score’ Scragg – -
don’t worry - there’s always next week…..
Thanks to Dick and Geoff for kindly umpiring for us.