A home game on Sunday in the HA Cup against Reading HC and I think our girls were slightly intimidated before the start of the match at the amazonian nature of the opposition; assistant coach Aby Flory says this has always been the case at Hawks. We all knew this was going to be a tough assignment for the team but we started well and it soon transpired this was going to be an end-to-end affair. Milly in goal was called into action early and made a couple of important saves, but the Hargreaves twins were on fire up front and caused plenty of problems for their seemingly 17 year old defenders. Indeed, we went 1-0 up through Lili following up on a rebound, but Reading were quickly into their stride and came back with two goals of their own. Thus the pattern was set; we looked dangerous up front and created lots of chances, while Reading were clearly superior and clinical upfront, interspersed with several quality saves and clearances from our keeper Milly Lane. She was so good their coach, and ex-GB international (Rob Thompson), said she was the best they had seen at this age level. It was educational for our girls, many who were a good year younger than the opposition, and we can definitely learn in the areas of positional play at the back, marking, and distribution. Freya and Ffion were stoic at the back, trying to stem the tide, while Potter, Tiggy and Gemma worked tirelessly in midfield. Despite being 7-3 down at half time, our girls never gave up and worked hard in the second half and to their credit gained parity 1-1 in the second half to eventually lose 8-4. Milly was undoubtedly MoM, but credit to all for continuing to work hard, push forward and create Reading with plenty of problems. Our scorers were Lili, Harri, Potter and Maisie. Four goals against a quality team was a great effort. Thanks to Robbie for umpiring.