After a positive first performance against Oxford, the Ladies 2s headed to Reading to face the Ladies 3s side, aiming to build on the solid foundations we had made in the previous week. A promising team talk was delivered by Coach Rory Phibbs, and we headed out into the fairly wet and windy conditions to play.
Hawks started really strongly and Reading were barely into their attacking half in the first quarter of the game. There was some great passing movement and link-up play between midfielders and forwards, with inside forwards creating overloads that Reading found very difficult to deal with. We surged forwards as a unit but also worked really well dropping back to work in defence as a team, communicating very well in doing so. The rain lashed down and, having agreed to play four 15 minute quarters, it gave everyone an opportunity to get involved as well as taking time for reflection during the breaks.
At half time we went in with the score level at 1-1. We had scored first through a short corner routine brilliantly executed by Kara Kerr. We made great strides again in the second half with Reading continuously finding it difficult to get through the Hawks press. Unfortunately we found ourselves 2-1 down early into the third quarter but Hawks continued to work well together and create chances going forward. The overload option which had caused so many problems in the first half was still providing us with success; man of the match Hie Sawyer causing havoc with the Reading defence. This is what allowed us to win another short corner, with Kara Kerr’s great shot again finding the back of the net. We finished the game at 2-2 but there was some great play throughout the game by Hawks. Clearly progress had been made from the previous game and we now take that forward to the next friendly against Epsom.
We will return to Reading for our first league game on 23rd September full of promise and determined to turn the friendly’s draw into an opening day victory.