On a cold and frosty morning WhatsApp was alive with messages to establish if the game at Reading was going to be played – the call at 10am was “IT’S ON”. Frantic activity in readiness of the game pursued. The usual suspects were late – we are starting to think that it’s the parents rather than the players, evidence still being gathered.
The captain rallied the troops but something was amiss in the Scragg corner with both Dizzy and Chloe crying with laughter; a tale for another day. But with a full house of 16 players the team were ready for the battle to commence.
The game started frantically with Hawks moving the ball well around the back. A few early breaks into the Reading circle but we were finding too many Reading flat sticks. But it was Reading that took the lead ….. a quick break and good movement up front found Reading’s left wing driving hard into the circle and lifting the ball neatly past the advancing Evelyn Hargreaves. This only spurred Hawks on, and within minutes Hawks equalised through a penalty corner. Catherine Taylor slipped the ball right to Caz Batten who rode a stick tackle, the umpire played the advantage, and the ball nestled in the back of the net. 1-1 and Hawks should have moved into another gear but found the day tough going without their usual sparkle and we found ourselves on the wrong end of some unusual decisions being blown. Half time, rally the troops.
The second half became a scrap even though Hawks tried to play nice flowing hockey but, at times, were bullied off the ball. Growing more and more frustrated we thought that the game was going to end in a draw but Dizzy and Caz were having none of it. Dizzy intercepted a ball across the circle and from the top of the circle thumped the ball into the back of the net. Not to be outdone, after a break down the left Caz’s thunderbolt of a shot in similar vein settled the game with a 3-1 win. 10 points clear at the top of the table with 9 games left to play.