Once it was established that Becky did in fact have 5 seats in her car, we set off from Hawks. We arrived for the second time in 3 weeks back at Reading University Hockey pitch to face a different opposition, Phoenix 2s. Despite a 1pm pushback, anyone watching would have thought Hawks were still asleep during the first half! Right from the first whistle the Hawks defence were under pressure and very swiftly a quick Phoenix attack had capitalised and taken the score to 1-0 with an unlucky deflection off a defender's stick and a neat far post tap in. Purdy worked hard throughout the match making crucial saves and covering the whole goal efficiently. Some nice transfers around the back gave Hawks some opportunities to attack however Phoenix soon got the ball back and scored from a short corner. Susan, Nicola and Phil worked tirelessly making crucial tackles and clearances. This was not wasted as Hawks then had their chance to attack, with Pip lifting the ball into the back of the net to take the score to 2-1. With only a few minutes till half time Phoenix received another short corner and took the score to 3-1.
With moral down, a motivational speech from captain Emma was due. This definitely came at the right time. From half time, play seemed to be looking better for Hawks. Sophie made some great runs down the pitch, being supported nicely by half backs Annabel and Jane. We were really starting to use the right hand side of the pitch effectively with Jane, Pip and Maddy creating some beautiful triangles. This was rewarded by a fantastic team champagne goal. The ball was passed from Jane, inside to Lara, down the line to Lotty who did an amazing cross to Sherene who was stood between the P spot and top D, taking one touch she neatly swept the ball into the top left of the goal. 3-2 and Hawks were now hungry for another goal. Jade made some beautiful leads working well with Emma in the middle who distributed the ball very well around the pitch. However, Phoenix were not going to let us have it easy. Becky put in some great flat stick tackles and Annabel and Jane could not be faulted for their work rate throughout the match. And we were down to ten players, Phil being awarded a green for not being five. As soon as Phil was back on the pitch Hawks set to work building another goal, and it didn’t take long until man of the match goal machine Sherene scored yet again! dribbling the ball into the top of the D and smashing it into the back board. This took us to the final score 3-3. A slow start but a great comeback! Thank you also to the umpires.