Having suffered the disappointment of a late loss to Trojans a week previously, Hawks were hoping a home advantage would see them bag their first win of the season against top of the table Olton & West Warwicks HC. Hawks started very strongly, passing the ball up the pitch from defence to attack for some good early chances. This gave them confidence for the first half and it wasn’t long before this confidence was converted into their first goal, with Katie Lowe on the scoresheet from a patiently worked move up front. Hawks continued to put pressure on Olton, with Becca Edwards again having a great game at half back, outletting well and driving at Olton with the ball. Hawks were rewarded on the stroke of half time with another goal. This time Jess Amps found herself in space at the top of the D and carefully worked the ball around the keeper for Becky Odlin to tap in at the back post.
A great first half performance from Hawks was met with some resistance from Olton in the second half. Despite continuing the work of earlier in the match, Olton found a way through our defence and were able to score mid-way through the second half, taking us to 2-1 with around 15 minutes to go. Olton’s main tactic for getting the ball up the pitch was to hit the ball through from their defence, which we worked really well to cut out. Across the pitch, Hawks were stepping in front of their players and intercepting the ball meaning they continued to threaten going forward. The game wore on into the final few minutes, with Olton pushing for an equaliser. Unfortunately in the final play of the game, Olton won a short corner which they were able to convert, meaning the game ended 2-2. A bitter pill to swallow for Hawks, but nevertheless a much improved performance from the previous week and many positives to take forward to their next game.