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Ladies' 1s in good fight with Firebrands

18 February 2017, 12:00

Ladies' 1s 4 - 2 Bristol Firebrands Ladies 1s

Hawks travelled to Bristol Firebrands in search of 3 points, and keen to build on the performance but improve the result from the previous weekend.

Hawks started well however with some frenetic play not fully controlling the game. Against the run of play Firebrands won a short corner. Jess Hughes saved the initial shot but a goal mouth scramble saw Hawks go a goal down. Hawks were determined not to let this stop them. Taking control of the game with some fantastic attacking play and tight defence Hawks won a short corner of their own, which was converted brilliantly by Caro Harris.

On his birthday weekend, coach Andy Clark's words of wisdom and the supporters on the side line including Dave Hughes, inspired the team to come out strong in the second half. Hawks instantly took control with attack upon attack, Sophie Shakespeare being denied a number of goals despite fast hands and tidy skills. Hawks went 2-1 up at the hands of man of the match Lucy Stewart who drove the ball in from over the 25 to beat 4 defenders and smash the ball past the waiting keeper. Hawks added to their total winning a short corner which was finished well by Stewart after good work from Gemma Darrington. Shakespeare's tireless work was finally rewarded with goal number 4 when Katie Lowe's shot rebounded off the keeper into her path, and shecalmly slotted it away. 

Firebrands did not give up however working hard to increase the pressure on Hawks and breaking their flow in the final 5-10mins seeing them drive into the D and give GK Hughes some work to do. Firebrands' work was rewarded scoring a second goal for the home side this time from open play.

Hawks were pleased with the result but will continue to work hard and focus for next weekends game at home against Trojans.

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