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Hat-trick for Potter as the ladies go marching on

22 October 2016, 11:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Ladies' 4s 5 - 0 Henley Ladies 2s

So far so good, 4 wins out of 4 and the team are on a run. A tricky hard fought game against Henley and the game was closer than the score line suggests. It took the Hawks defence a while to work out Henley’s formation … not sure if we still know it now, but we had to keep focussed in defence as Henley started the better of the two teams. However, it Hawks that took the lead with Annika Schabacker dribbling the ball into the circle, along the back line and squeezing the ball between the post and goalkeeper. Celebrations were a little subdued as we weren’t sure if the goal had been allowed or not, but the umpire blew for the goal and this was the kick-start that Hawks needed for the game. It wasn’t long before Rachael Potter made it 2-0 with a strike past the advancing goalkeeper.

2-0 up at half time. Hawks were creating lots of chances so we knew there were more goals to come. [Note to coach: short corners need some work; won lots but didn’t convert our chances].

So in the second half Hawks dominated the play. Smart periods of possession and good support on the ball had the Henley defence at sixes and sevens and we penetrated their circle. Potter got her second after a goalmouth scramble and Maddie Whitwell soon made it 4-0 from a free flowing Hawks play that was created from a quick switch of direction. Henley continued to attack so the Hawks defence couldn’t become complacent and Olivia Clarke made some fine saves in the second half. The game was concluded with Potter getting her hat-trick and Hawks continue to ride high at the top of the table.

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