The weather held up for Oxford Hawks Ladies 2s this week and we made the trip to Chiswick in North London for what we knew would be a tough outing. Last time round, Chiswick took an early lead and we knew we could not afford to let them into the game so easily again this time.
As was to be expected, Chiswick were a particularly physical side who fought hard for every ball, as did we. Our intensity out of the blocks was as good as coach Rory Phibbs had asked for, with every player giving their all to make sure we didn’t make the same mistake as last time. There was some excellent passing between the layers, with full backs April Bedford and Lex Thomas rolling the ball through to half backs or into the inside forwards allowing great space to be created going forward. We were rewarded about half way through the first half when Kara Kerr followed up a shot that had rebounded off the Chiswick keeper, smashing it into the goal meaning Hawks took a 1-0 lead.
The very physical contest continued and we were unfortunate concede on the stroke of half time.
The second half was just as physical as the first, if not more so. Each Hawks player showed great strength and determination not to be beaten, and we really made Chiswick work hard. Player of the match Poppy Webb weaved in and out of the Chiswick players, dribbling into the middle of the pitch from the sideline to allow forwards to lead off and make chances in the D. We were so unlucky to let a second Chiswick goal in as the game drew to a close, but the Hawks ladies should be very proud of how they fought right to the final whistle.
We will go into this week’s training with renewed energy and determination for Saturday’s game vs Marlow. We played at a great standard for 70 minutes against Chiswick and were very unlucky not to come away with a point.