After having a week off from games the team was looking forward to getting back on the pitch and early morning what app messages confirmed that the weather was mild and pitches were playable.
Hawks had a good outlook and were up for the match, knowing their opposition can be difficult on their home turf. Hawks started strong with most of the possession as it took a little time for Wallingford to find their feet. Hawks had a few chances in the D but were unsuccessful with the final deflections not being able to find their way to the goal. It was a fast paced game with a strong tackling opposition. Half way through the first half Wallingford scored but Hawks kept their heads but were unable to get through the solid defensive line. Caroline at CH distributed the ball well out to her inners creating lots of space and allowing speedy players like Alice and Holly to run on to the balls and skilfully manoeuvre their way around the defenders. With some good transfers across the back between Phil, Susan, Katie, Becky and Buffy, creating lots of movement and opportunities to go up the pitch the game was looking up.
At half time the consensus was that we just needed to want the ball that bit more. In order to win this game posting up and getting the ball to our player, rather than let it be intercepted were key as we were losing too many balls through interception. So in the second half we continued to battle. Disaster struck half way through when Susan was given a controversial 2 min card for leaving her stick in a tackle and in those minutes Wallingford had a lucky strike. A few minutes later a flick was awarded to Wallingford . Maya did a spectacular job and saved the flick. Hawks carried on battling with Jane creating great line balls and blocking their skilful attackers. As the second half went on our attacking improved as Sherene and Pip had more chances on goal although marked very well by Wallingford but this didn’t stop Lotty creating lots of chances with her line runs. Eventually it went Hawks way and Caitlin made a beautiful leading run down the back line and crossed the ball in front of the goalie and was tipped in by Lydia. Hawks used this and continued to apply pressure with Pip quickly turning over the ball and Sherene creating a quick short corner . With only a minute to go Pip did a wonderful strike that missed the bottom left corner of the goal by an inch or two. The whistle went with a 2-1 defeat . With much disappointment and frustration Hawks looked forward to their Sunday match with determination.