A sunny day in Newbury saw the Ladies 5s ready to defend their unbeaten run in the penultimate match of the season. They started brightly, with most of the play in the Newbury half of the pitch. Their efforts were rewarded after 10 minutes by the first of three goals, expertly slotted home, on the reverse stick, by none other than Jacqui Barlow (aided on its way by a couple of Newbury feet) from the top of the D. Newbury then rallied, and took advantage of something of a lull in the Hawks play. Two quick goals from Newbury put them in front 2-1.
Undaunted the Ladies 5s battled on and profited from their determined and at times dogged approach with a corker of an equaliser by Sherene, who collected the ball outside the circle, rolled out and around into the D and, having paused momentarily to remove the defender`s stick from her own with her left hand, slotted home in the top left hand corner to level the match for Hawks.
Half time came and went. Two packs of Wine gums went.
The second half saw a renewed determination from Hawks to take this match by the scruff of it`s neck. Much of the play focussed around the Newbury goal, but their nimble GK kept us out. Great commitment and endeavour was shown throughout the team, with Iona in goal, Becky, Caroline and Mary defending tirelessly at the back, the halfback line of Jane, Alice (MOM) and Jacs stopping them and creating for us, Monica, Emma and Sophie distributing brilliantly on the innner line, with the three forwards Polly, Pip and Sherene, who coped well with no subs available. As the match clock ticked down, and we entered the last minute, a draw looked highly likely, until Jacs picked out Pip, who had finally woken up, on the right hand side of the D, who managed to collect the pinpoint accurate pass, turn and smash the ball inside the left hand post for the winner. Forty seconds later, the final whistle blew. Win number 18 was secured.
Credit to a tough and tenacious Newbury opposition, who were extremely sporting throughout the match, in spite of some interesting umpiring decisions.