Oxford Hawks started with a strong team, and dominated play from the off. Most of the play was spent in our attacking D, however the opposition concentrated their efforts in defence. The opposition keeper was exceptional. A former 1st team player who was invited to represent England in Australia this year. Despite our pressure, she made many impressive saves. Hawks had most of the possession and connected passes to create great attacking play but we struggled to get through their defence until Jade managed to score from a rebound in the first half.
Sophie Dawes, the heartbeat of the team, controlled the match from the centre, and calmed the team. This was a hard fought and physical match where emotions ran high at times, resulting in two cards, two players sent off, one from each team, and also one warning for each team. Throughout this match, Hawks played skilfully but at times lacked discipline and deserved to score more but our opposition were putting everything into their defence.
After a team talk at half time and good advice from Sophie we restarted. Alice Potter played with great intelligence and skill throughout this match. She covered so much ground and made herself available whenever she was required, working tirelessly in the midfield and easily earning the man of the match vote. Hawks centre backs had excellent timing with their endless tackles, thwarting the Sonning attack. A lovely cross from Alice was finished by Ruth to gain us the second goal of the match. Surely, we were going to win now? Ruth, in her debut for the 6's, played with her heart and soul, a great asset to the team. Lara, as usual, always giving 100% and always where you want her to be when needed.
Sonning kept us on our toes with a last-minute attack. An attacker outnumbered our defence in the dying minutes to put up a threat, but Purdy was ready to respond after a quiet match and calmly cleared the ball. Always reliable.
And so the final whistle blew...another deserved win for the ladies 6's.
Mom was Alice Potter for giving 100% as always and for her intelligent and skilful play