Hawks Ladies 2's looked to continue their unbeaten start to the season this week against title rivals Henley. In a tense opening half both teams worked hard to gain control of the match but it was Hawks who capitalised on a great piece of play down the left from Jess to take the lead, with a smart ball crossed into the D for Kathryn to squeeze in on the back post. Aware that the slender lead would not be enough to hold off Henley, Hawks continued to push on and create chances whilst keeping the Henley attackers at bay but weren't able to make any further breakthroughs. A nervy first half ended 1-0 to Hawks.
Hawks looked to press on in the second half and consolidate their lead. In the opening five minutes it looked very much like this would be achieved as they enjoyed possession in the attacking third. The team were unfortunately unable to convert open play chances as the Henley defence held strong. As Hawks became frustrated, Henley grew into the game and began to carve out chances of their own. A lucky break for Henley led to a scrappy equalising goal being scored and with the bit between their teeth Henley gained control of the game. A penalty corner led to a second goal for Henley who relied on their usual routine, tucking the ball away on the right post.
Hawks remained resolute in their belief that they would get back into the game and pushed hard right the way to the final whistle. Despite having umpteen penalty corners and chances in the D the team were unable to find an equalizing goal and the game ended 2-1 to Henley.
Despite this small set back the team remained positive after the game and determined to move on and show Reading what they are made of in next weeks match!