With a few changes in the team this week and a prematch soaking it took Hawks a few minutes to settle and they were punished early on when Southgate converted from a penalty corner. From then on however, Hawks did not look back. The equaliser was scored by a determined Lex Thomas who battled her way through the D, riding many tackles and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
After some sustained pressure and an increase in momentum, Hawks won a penalty corner and up stepped Hie Saywer to dispatch a straight strike through the keepers legs. Hawks were well and truly back on the up.
Before half time with the ball bobbling around the D, Emily Wilkins calmly placed the ball in the bottom corner where Claire Werlinger was arriving to help the ball onto the back board.3-1 up at the break.
Hawks came out of the block in the second half with pace, confidence and composure to move the ball around beautifully. With some nice individual skill from marauding full back April Bedford, the ball was coolly slotted away on the reverse to take the score quickly to 4-1. Not long after this a sweeping move which saw the ball expertly outletted from back line into midfield, released famous back hand scooper Mary Douglas 1 on 1 with the keeper where she finally found her forehand and buried the ball cool as a cucumber.
Hawks did not rest on their laurels, buoyed by some commanding play by newcomer Lydia in goal they pushed on and won a further penalty corner. The ball was fantastically injected by Fi Walton, stopped to perfection by April Bedford and expertly slipped left by Man of the Match Harriet Stovin to Emily Wilkins who slotted the ball between the goalkeepers legs and into the goal. Hawks ended the game 6-1 to extend their winning start and finish the day back at the top of the table. Onwards to fortress BRN to face Sonning.