Hawks entered the first half with high spirits knowing full well they were up for a tough match; indeed, before having time to settle after the starting whistle, Amersham had broken through Hawk’s defence and slotted the ball into the goal. Hawks immediately reacted to this increased pace and standard of hockey, and with great combined efforts from each line as a team, focused on complementary leading and progressing the ball up the pitch. With great composure from the defence, who continually battled against an organised and well drilled attacking opposition, the ball was transferred smoothly between Lucy, Nicky and Rosie, before Hawks played up the pitch as a unit and attacked the Amersham D. Amersham were quick to close down Hawk’s attack, and were fast and experienced on the counter-attack, subsequently managing to slot another two goals through organised set play. Hawks heads remained high and by working as a team, they remaining composed and communicated efficiently in order to break up play from Amersham and start counter-attacking themselves; this was greatly helped by Man of the Match Alex at centre mid who worked tirelessly to distribute the ball to Emma, Lydia and Lexi, who used their speed and skill to progress the ball further up the pitch and into the D. Great teamwork from Alex, Megan and Jen saw a number of opportunities in the Amersham D, but unfortunately their attempts on goal were unsuccessful. The first half finished and Amersham had managed to secure four goals with no conversion from Hawks.
The second half started and Hawks immediately proved determination was the key to getting a result. The defence were able to hold Amersham outside of the D and numerous great saves from Linda stopped them from succeeding from scoring again. Great communication from Nicky and Bryony opened up multiple opportunities for Hawks to break for the attacking D, with Laura and Alice carrying the ball skilfully up the pitch, but again Amersham were quick to react and regained possession. Hawks sustained their hard work, and there was no sign of this work rate stalling even as Amersham continually retaliated against every counter-attack made by Hawks. As the half progressed, Hawks settled into the pace of the game and gained more control of the ball. Hawks were able to break once more with Amy setting up Grace for an opportunity to score, but which unfortunately lead to a narrow miss. Through sheer determination and great work-rate, Hawks held Amersham to a 1:0 loss in the second half (5:0 overall), proving that they have the ability to play against teams of this standard, and giving them numerous things to work on before the return fixture at BRN.