The Mighty ladies 3s came out confident and ready to take on Wallingford’s 1s after smashing Marlow 4-1 last weekend.
First pushback was taken by Wallingford but a quick turnover gave Hawks the upperhand. However, Wallingford came out in force with assertive gameplay, pushing Hawks back towards our own D. With a high press from the opposition, Nicky Thornton, Megan Hope and Lucy Birtles got to show off their excellent transfer skills passing back and forth between themselves whilst our midfielders worked tirelessly to get away from their pesky markers. With some brilliant one-on-one skills Megan Minton broke through their press and the team could finally start to show Wallingford what they were up against. Some great play up the right from trio Lucy, Lizzie and Lexi got us into the attacking 3rd but Wallingford weren’t letting us in easily, making strong tackles throughout the pitch.
Unfortunately after a few turnovers Wallingford got their chance at goal with their first short corner. Despite a great save from keeper Linda they managed to slip it past us to start the scoreboard at 1-0. Hawks 3s weren’t deterred and got straight back into the game fighting for every ball. A second short corner gave Wallingford a 2-0 lead not long after and the pressure was high. The end of the second half brought us two short corners which were executed with style; a sneeky slip right to Alice and back to Lizzie at the p spot but it wasn’t to be -Wallingford’s keeper was stretched but managed to get a touch on both shots leaving the score at 2-0 for the half time talk.
Inspiring words from team captain, Rosie, left the team in no doubt that we had everything to play for. The second half brought many more chances for Hawks but despite most of the play in our possession Wallingford were too quick for Hawks and managed to force a third goal over the line. Turn over was still high making it a tiring game, but everyone on the pitch was giving it their all and Wallingford were certainly not in control. We continued to work for every ball and played some excellent 2 touch hockey at times. Wallingford didn’t get another look at a further goal until the very last minutes, but we managed to fend them off, ending the game on a slightly disappointing 3-0.
Despite a loss, we showed grit and determination for 70 minutes and illustrated our capability to remain composed under a high press. We have got some things to work on this week and will come back confident and positive to fight for 6 points in our double header next weekend.
Linda Billington, Lucy Birtles, Megan Hope, Kirsty McCulloch, Rosie McEwen-Smith, Katie Merrick, Megan Minton, Lexi Newall, Amy Olah, Alice Potter, Alex Richardson, Victoria Sauven, Lizzie Siese, Emma Stephenson, Nicky Thornton, Jennifer Wells
Player of the match: Lexi Newall