The girls under 14s welcomed local rivals Oxford on Sunday for a Home Counties league game and despite initially being a bit preoccupied with the size of the opposition, they were quickly into their stride. Coach Atkins was absent pre-match having had a senior moment, remembering to get some of the essentials to the ground in time ie. balls, bibs, daughter, but not everything, so he had to scoot back home, returning to find Potter furiously scribbling formations and short corner routines. Luckily, Andrew Mobley and Abi Flory were on hand to smooth the path and share their experience with the team. Hawks were dominant from the start and rained shots in on goal and were repelled by their excellent keeper. However, a turning point occurred when Oxford’s strongest player, Kate Hicks, took a bump on her head and was forced out of the game – I confess, like Arsene Wenger, I didn’t see exactly what happened, but we hope she is ok. After this, the away side struggled and rarely caused our calm defence trouble, expertly marshalled by Freya and Milly in goal. Our midfield of Potter, Tilly and Tiggy dominated and up front, the twins used their usual ‘shoot on sight’ policy, both bagging a brace. Special mention to Lucy Hanslip had a great game up front and showed great promise. 3-0 at half time and although Oxford pulled a goal back, we didn’t relent; Maisie got on the scoresheet with two classic left wing goals, being in the right place at the right time, and Potter opportunisticly strolled in and calmly placed a reverse stick shot/pass in to the corner of the goal. Their keeper, rightly MoM continued to make saves but Hawks finished up 7-1 winners. Thanks to Jacs for umpiring, although I suspect she was also on a scouting mission for the Ladies section!
Scorers: Lili Hargreaves 2, Harriet Hargreaves 2, Maisie Westbrook 2, Alice Potter 1
MoM: Alice Potter