A muggy afternoon away in Maidenhead meant base-layers were stripped off and parents sent in search for pure mountain spring water.
A soggy carpet for a playing surface, complete with rips and stitching in front of goal.
A home team all cheer and smiles.
An opposition grimly aware that their performances of late needed to be forgotten and improved on.
So sets the scene for a potential promotion securing match for Hawks who started very strongly. Quick accurate passes, stretching the play high and wide had Maidenhead on the back foot to begin with. Some clinical play soon led to a short corner where Rebecca calmly slotted the ball away into the back corner of the goal. A buoyed Hawks then decided to sit back and Maidenhead counter attacked. Hunting in packs Maidenhead were very sharp on intercepting and moving the ball around the midfield. The half backs and inners were kept busy on the wings trying to stop the waves of players piling through. Hawks had to defend hard for the last half of the half but kept Maidenhead at bay, much to the relief of the travelling cheerleaders.
The second half saw the energy sapping pitch take its toll with Hawks emerging the more resilient of the two teams. Hawks maintained their pressure on Maidenhead with the forwards and inners linking well to exploit the opening spaces as Maidenhead tired. Another penalty corner finally gave Hawks some breathing space as despite the ball being fumbled by both teams, Holly saw a gap and gave the team a 2-0 lead. Maidenhead were not giving up though and kept the defence on their toes as they tried to get on the scoreboard themselves. It was not to be though and Hawks emerged the victors.
A great team performance by Hawks for a 2-0 win, league winners and promotion secured with three games to go.