On a sunny February day, Hawks travelled to Harbourn for the next round of the EH Women’s O35 cup. Not sure what to expect, Hawks took to the field with confidence even though the squad was reduced to 13 players.
Harbourn took the game to Hawks in the first 10 minutes and it became obvious that Harbourn’s attack was concentrated down their right. And it was the home team that took the lead with a drive down the right and some neat passing resulting in a penalty corner, the outcome was a deflection from a shot that found its way in to the back of the net. A tactical decision to man-mark their most dangerous player paid off for Hawks (perhaps Susan’s body doesn’t think so today but she was voted Lady of the match!) with Hawks taking control of possession and taking the game to Harbourn. Hawks began waves of penetrations into the attacking circle with precise play and movement focussed around Kara and Clare, and the ball found the unmarked Sarah who had no mistake in front of goal. Hawks maintained the pressure through to half-time and won a series of penalty corners but on a sticky pitch it was difficult to convert chances into another goal.
Half-time team talk was all about belief; with hard work and a team ethos we knew we were capable of a victory. Harbourn came out of the blocks with purpose but their threat was dealt with and Hawks turned defence into attack. Keeping possession was paramount, especially on a hot sunny day – Sherene’s freckles have come out to play after a weekend of sunshine! Tackles were competitive, both teams pushing for a win, opportunities came at both ends of the pitch but the goal-keepers thwarted any attempts at goal. No goals in the second half, straight to penalty flicks.
Jac’s nominated the penalty flick takers who stepped up with confidence – Kim, Clare, Kara and Polly all converted, Linda made some fine saves. Hawks won on penalty flicks 4-1.
An awesome team performance, a great win, and Hawks now play Cambridge at home (a masters varsity!) in the next round in 2 weeks times.