With last week’s not so great performance in the back of everyone’s minds, Hawks set about putting things straight against mid-table Eastcote.
Hawks started well by regaining possession straight from the pushback as Claire and Helen were ready for the self-pass. From then on Hawks were on the front foot having most of the possession in the opening minutes. This resulting possession won Hawks a well-deserved short corner which Kara Kerr calmly dispatched from the top of the D. 1-0 Hawks. Despite being in control for the first part of the match, Hawks then found themselves on the back foot allowing Eastcote to get back into the game. A break down the right hand side and bobbling ball into the D found itself in the back of the goal. All tied 1-1. Hawks then stepped up a gear and put pressure on the Eastcote defence for the final moments of the first half. But unable to convert any chances created the scores were level at half time.
As the second half started, Hawks were once again on the front foot, putting pressure on the Eastcote defence and creating many chances. And it was not long before Hawks had won themselves a short corner. The initial shot was well saved only for Mary Douglas to pick up the rebound in front of goal and do her trade mark reverse stick scoop over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net! 2-1 Hawks. Possession then went back and forth once again, but solid performances from Vicky and Kara in defence and Hie, Helen and MOM Harriet in midfield kept Eastcote at bay. With time ticking by Hawks started creating some chances of their own with Emily, Mary, Claire, Kathryn and Fi all going close but unfortunately not converting. These chances could have come back to haunt Hawks as Eastcote levelled the scoring through a well worked short corner. But with less than 5 minutes remaining, Kathryn received the ball just inside the D, drove hard around the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the goal. 3-2 Hawks. Hawks managed to see out the final moments of the match and hold on for a well deserved victory.
Although it was not pretty at times the grit and determination from everybody meant they could go into next week’s double header with their heads held high.