Hawks arrived in Maidenhead with a slim-line squad and carrying a few injuries – not an ideal start against a team who gave two very challenging games the previous season. From the whistle however, Hawks showed their exceptional team-work, on and off the ball, and within minutes Hawks were putting pressure on the Maidenhead defence and GK. The forward line was on fire in the attacking quarter; great complementary leading by Laura, Emma and Megan opened up many opportunities for the inners, Rosie, Lydia and Lexi to feed the ball into the attacking D. A well-timed transfer from centre mid Katie to Rosie on the right wing, was calmly slotted to Laura on the left post, resulting in the first goal for Hawks, and a perfect example of a team goal. This linking hockey continued for the remainder of the first half, and again, Laura Marshall was able to find the backboard following a cross from Emma S, making it 2:0 to Hawks at half-time.
The second half began with the same intensity from Hawks. Quick and accurate transfers from team D (Nicky, Lucy, Claire and Amy) to the inner line made life difficult for Maidenhead, and they were able to break through their press to work the ball up the pitch. Although by mid-way through the half we went down to 12 players following a further injury, this did not deter Hawks who continued their aggressive pursuit for Maidenheads backboard. Maidenhead were strong on the counter-attack and following quick break down the left wing, they succeeded in defeating our defence to pull one goal back. Hawks retaliated quickly; Man of the Match Laura Marshall was on fantastic form on the forward line, and following linking play from Lydia and Rosie up the pitch, managed to slot the ball passed the keeper with a lovely reverse touch. Hawks came away smiling with a strong 3-1 result, and a promising outlook for the start of the league next week.