Hawks hosted Barnes on Saturday, in somewhat different conditions to the heavy rain that they faced during their first meeting that finished 2-1 to the opposition. Hawks started with intent, playing some lovely hockey both up and across the pitch, but it was the visitors that managed to convert the first of a 7-goal game. This goal seemed to give Barnes the momentum they needed and quickly converted their second from a well worked short corner routine just before the half-time break.
Hawks managed to get a goal back when Bex Oakes jumped on a rebound off the keeper from a well worked corner routine to half the deficit, but Barnes came back quickly to re-extend their lead to 3-1. The effort of every Hawks player could not be questioned and it was clear to see how much they were working to get back into the game. There was great play down the middle of the pitch by ‘player of the match’, Becca Edwards (who put in a great performance after locking her car keys inside her house, and consequently having to break into her own house just 20 minutes before the meet time). A busy 10 minutes saw another goal for each side, with Emily Smith calmly rolling her defender before hitting the ball into the bottom right corner. A final push saw Hawks score a third goal, again from Bex Oakes, to finish the game 4-3 to Barnes. Hawks are still looking for their elusive first win of the season and hope that they will be rewarded with such next weekend during another long trip to Exeter.
Thanks to Vicki Hearn for the excellent photos.