Hawks Ladies 2s started the second half of the season with the first of 3 rearranged games that had been cancelled before Christmas. Despite a break of nearly a month without a match, Hawks started well and took the game to Milton Keynes, in what was a fairly physical encounter. Their play was rewarded with the first goal on 8 mins when a drive and cross from the right by Kathryn Poulter took a heavy deflection from a defender. The second goal followed quickly after, with some good work down the left from Helen Nicholson. Hawks continued to press high and create opportunities without finding the back of the net. MK had a number of attacks that were dealt with confidently by man of the match Vicky Martin and Meg Smith in the centre of defence to leave the score 2-0 at half time. It was great to have Meg back playing after half a season out with injury.
Following some wise words at half time from Rory, Hawks came out determined to build on the first half performance. It almost went pear shaped when MK won the first short corner. However, the shot went harmlessly wide. Hawks went down the other end and won a short corner of their own. The initial shot was saved, but Hawks kept possession and Jess Madden-Waite finished in the left corner for her first ladies 2s goal. It also drew the biggest cheer from the home support and a cry of “that’s my girl” from a proud Mum!
To their credit MK never gave up and were rewarded with a goal in the last 10 following a rare defensive lapse. Hawks still had time to cause MK trouble with a lovely Em W cross for Mary to deflect with pinpoint precision. Unfortunately the umpire had already blown for an earlier foul and the goal was disallowed.
A welcome 3 points and a good team performance to start the second half of the season with lots of positives to build on. A final mention for Vics who not only won MOM but also DOD for a very uncharacteristic outburst during the game following one heavy tackle too many from the opposition.
Looking forward to playing Eastcote next week!