Hawks Ladies 3rd XI hosted Aylesbury, determined to put last week’s loss at Sonning behind them. Hawks started well, camping in the opposition D for the first few minutes and quickly winning two short corners.
Unable to convert them, Aylesbury grew into the game and much of the first half was a well-balanced match with neither team forcing many saves. The deadlock was broken by a lovely reverse stick strike by Alex, who scored in the far corner from near the edge of the D.
Just before half-time, Lizzie Siese almost got a brilliant goal but unfortunately collided with the keeper just before she could make it. She got what looked like a very painful bash on her forehead but quickly got up and kept fighting. (She went to A&E later that night and sadly missed the social).
The teams went into the half-time break with Hawks 1-0 up and looking confident. Aylesbury looked the more positive side as the game resumed, with Hawks unable to cut through to create real danger and too many passes missed. Some desperate defending on the Hawks goal line led to a penalty flick, which Olivia Clarke did well to get a glove to but could not keep out.
Shortly after, another Aylesbury attack led to a crowded goalmouth scramble but a committed defence and further good goalkeeping was still not enough to keep the ball out.
At 2-1 down Hawks came to life, and launched a series of determined attacks, with Emma Stephenson and Emily Dawes surging down the right. However, a well organised Aylesbury defence kept the number of balls into the D to a minimum, where Lizzy Siese and Giorgia Laird were frustrated in their attempts to equalise. Aylesbury launched quick counterattacks which were well marshalled by Lucy and Megan.
The sustained Hawks pressure led to a tense finale, as a short corner was awarded after the final whistle. Somehow the ball would not go in, despite many Hawks players being involved, and it was desperately scrambled away only for a second short corner to be awarded. This time Lizzie’s shot was deflected off the pitch and a relieved Aylesbury celebrated as the Hawks players regretted a lead lost.