The team awoke to a very wet morning, but by 9:30 the rain had slowed to a drizzle and the 4s made their way up to their lucky top pitch. Hawks won the toss and Caz got the game underway dribbling straight up the pitch and putting Windsor on the defensive. We had a lot of pressure initially, keeping the ball predominantly in the opposition's half and containing their breaks.
The first goal went to Hawk, and what a goal it was! On a break the ball came up the left side of the pitch and found Laura, who was able to smash the ball into the D, left unchecked it would have sailed through the air wide of the left post. However, on the run, Maddie miraculously positioned her outstretched stick and deflected the missile past the keeper an into the net! Charlie Baggs was later heard to comment it was the best goal he'd seen all season!
Hawks continued pressure was reward with another goal, this time from the stick of Rebecca Black. But Windsor weren't giving up, they had a few key players and started to cause trouble for us. They had a number of breaks and quite a few short corners. Hawks' defence held strong for the majority of the attacks. Katie Cannon, in her first match of the season, and Kirsty McCulloch playing her debut match for Hawks both slotted well into the team. Emma Page, also playing her debut match for Hawks, took control in goal making some cracking saves and strong tackles. On the final whistle Windsor won a short corner and after Emma went down for the first save, they were able to play around her and pull a goal back. 2-1 at half time.
The second half saw better play from Hawks after some pointers from Dizzy. We played the ball around more and kept possession in the final 3rd. Pip scored a cracking goal from the right which resonated of the left side panel of the goal. Jen Wells had some lovely runs up the right to the baseline and gave us lots of chances to score by pulling the ball back to the P spot. Charlotte scored a lovely goal from the P-spot area which sneak just inside the left post.
Windsor continued to push all the way, making a number of breaks and managed to score after Emma had a tussle with a player and was unable to regain her feet. Final score 4-2. The ladies 4s have returned to winning ways and face Milton Keynes next week followed by Maidenhead 3s. Maidenhead have been demoted into our division this year and have yet to drop a point. 2 wins are needed to put Hawks back at the top of the table!
Thanks to Charlie Baggs and Geoff Paver for their excellent umpiring and to Laura for the yummy cookies!