On Saturday 16th November, the Ladies 4s were set to play Marlow 3s. We arrived at the changing rooms hopeful and after a team talk that involved some beautiful diagrams drawn by Becky, we got some tape and set about writing our personal goals on it before sticking it onto our hockey sticks. We were buzzing! Once out on the pitch we did a quick but thorough warm-up before getting into our positions.
As soon as the whistle went it was clear both teams wanted it, however Hawks did well to retain possession. With some good drives by Mimi and Jossy we did well to get the ball up the pitch to Rebecca and Kim but we just couldn’t quite get a shot on target. Marlow had some strong breaks but were quickly stopped by the defensive wall that was Becky, Emily and Annabel. Unfortunately Marlow managed to earn a short corner from which they scored. This did not deter the Hawks team who knew that the match could still be theirs. With some great leads and hits we got back into our swing but Marlow were equally fighting to keep the score line in their favour. With a brilliant ‘lifty lofty’ ball from Kim into the D, Hawks won a short corner but sadly didn’t gain anything from it. At half time we discussed tactics and the general consensus was that we all knew the game could still be ours.
The second half was off to a strong start and whether it was the power of the halftime jelly babies or the pure skill of the Ladies 4s' attacking line, Mimi managed to lift the ball into the goal, making the score line 1-1. Hawks were doing well making many advances up the pitch but Marlow weren’t giving up and managed to get another short corner which they scored from. At 2-1 and with 10 minutes left of the game, both teams were tiring but Hawks really pushed to get another goal.but unfortunately we ran out of time.
Despite the disappointing loss we came away from that match knowing we played the game with structure and skill. Special mention goes to Emily who made some delicious brownies and lemon drizzle cake for match teas and to POM Sue who played with great composure. Also a quick visit to the Rebellion brewery for the adult players was required to lights the spirits for the journey home.