So with Whatsapp messages ‘pinging in’ the call from the 5s was would their 11:30 push-back away game at Bicester still be on? At 9:50, Captain Susan received news from Bicester that the game was still ON and hence the 5s squad descended on the changing room at Cooper School for a quick refresher of the latest short corner routines while the umpires had a final check of the pitch. The game was ON!
Hawks started a little slowly but it wasn’t long before the rotating forward line of Pip, Sherene, Holly and Lotty were giving the Bicester defence a good work out only to find the Bicester keeper was on form and saving all their shots on goal. Soon as the pitch and players warmed up, Bicester found themselves with some quick breaks out from defence. However, they were denied any goal scoring opportunities by some solid Hawks defending as GK Olivia marshalled the Hawks defence line up of Jane, Caitlin, Buffy, Susan and Phil. Finally, as Sherene stepped off the pitch her replacement Holly surged forward catching the Bicester defence and keeper off guard as she calmly slotted the ball over the goal line for the first goal! The stopper was out the bottle and before long another short corner was given and Holly was back on the score sheet for her second goal. As half-time approached a free hit was given to Bicester and Hawks were penalised with a short corner to defend for not retreating 5m. Despite the best efforts of Issie and Caroline running out Bicester converted their opportunity to make the half-time score 2-1 Hawks.
With some stern words from Susan that we could all do better if we moved the ball around even more, the 2nd half began with Lydia, Alice and Georgie connecting well with the forward line. In contrast, Bicester struggled to get the ball forward and the Hawks sustained pressure resulted in several more short corners being awarded. What choice would be the best option to take this time? In the end it was the pull out to Sherene at the top of the D which led to the 3rd goal when her slap hit went straight past all the Bicester defence into the goal. Going 3-1 down then saw Bicester come back with some fast runs through the centre of the pitch but with Olivia continuing to make some great saves there was no further change to the score line.
Issie’s cake was once again well received and eaten by all as voting took place for this week’s MOM. With 7 names in contention it was Lydia who secured the MOM prize and the honour of baking for next week’s game.