It was definitely a case of déjà vu all over again as the Ladies 4s resumed their campaign after the break in a home game against Phoenix & Ranelagh, as they went one nil down after only 20 seconds, mirroring the away fixture when they were two down after two minutes (going on to eventually lose 0-5). Again, Phoenix caught Hawks cold at the start of the game in every sense and immediately entered our D and after a bit of pinball, the ball trickled into our goal (an own goal, possibly?). And unfortunately, that was it in terms of scoring for the day and the away side ended up winners 1-0.
Hawks had a significantly stronger squad of 16 out for this match and were hopeful of a better result, but unfortunately could not convert the majority of possession into shots and ultimately, goals. There was plenty of hard work being shown after the Christmas excesses and Caz again looked strong on the ball in midfield and Sue Clark used all her experienced wiles to combat a tough, nay dogged, midfield opposition, but throughout the game we turned the ball over numerous times, and P&R looked more likely to score on the break. Our main issue was in the final quarter of the pitch where we created only one short corner and two meaningful shots– from Rebecca – one which hit the post and the second clipping the outside of the post, before just going the wrong side of the goal. Such are the fine margins, but in truth Evelyn was the busier of the two keepers and their diminutive keeper hardly had to make a save. Diz on the side of the pitch through injury was beside herself – obviously not a good spectator – but although Hawks showed plenty of endeavour, Phoenix were pretty well organised and cleared their lines with authority. Among our younger players, Holly and Potter worked hard in the middle of the pitch and Chloe showed composure and good skills at left half. A frustrating day at the office then for the 4s, but on the positive side, the game removed some of the festive cobwebs and it will be upwards and onwards to the next match, where I imagine our main aim will be to start smashing the ball at the opposing keeper!