Hawks travelled to Henley for the last game of the day with the night drawing in and the floodlights on. With a strong squad of 15 players Hawks were determined to maintain their march towards promotion.
Home team Henley started the game on top with fast attacks, putting pressure on the ball quickly and a full press. It took Hawks a while to settle into the game. The game was played at a furious pace but chances at both ends were limited due to solid defending. Henley took the lead in the first half; a straight strike from a penalty corner. Hawks were determined not to lose their unbeaten run in the league and fought back into the game. Laura Vissers and Jen Wells made some great connections and the midfield tried to make things happen in the middle. Both sides were strong in their tackling but Hawks were down to 10 in the last couple of minutes of the first half with Becky Brodie awarded a green card for a flailing stick.
Half time and the team needed to re-group. Constructive words from Dizzy gave us a plan for the second half; with Henley’s full press we had to move the ball at speed to exploit the space on the other side of the pitch.
Hawks started the second half strongly; they moved into another gear and started moving the ball in to space and began creating chances. Caz Batten dribbled past the advancing Henley players with her silky skills and played some neat one-two’s with Dizzy and Charlie Ward and it was only a matter of time before the pressure told. Hawks won a series of penalty corners; the ball was slipped right and then returned to the penalty spot for Kim Williams to despatch the ball in to the goal. 1-1, game on. Hawks continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long until they took the lead. Another penalty corner and the ball struck a Henley foot, a penalty stroke was awarded. Kim stepped up and confidently scored her second of the game. This spurred Henley into action and after some end to end play, they won a penalty corner after an unusual decision which they converted to make the final score 2-2. A fair result but Hawks remain unbeaten, 12 points clear at the top of the league with 7 games left to play.