But those first 20 minutes did happen and Banbury showed off their finishing again and again and again and again. We were warned Banbury would play two touch hockey and that’s what they did, throwing themselves in front of the goal with some slick finishes. We were guilty of giving away possession cheaply and sitting back in defence and if you do let 4 in before you wake up, then there’s a lot of catching up to do! Player of the match was without doubt the wonderful Linda Billington who threw herself around everywhere keeping the score line down. That’s the glossing over the first bit (this is after all the Hawks website and not the Banbury one) and from then on, things were much more positive.
Later in the half, Hawks managed to string more passes together with some lovely attacks down the right hand-side from Evvena and Priya. Hawks started to piece together more meaningful attacks into the D winning short corners and were very unlucky when Victoria’s strike from the top went narrowly wide. Hawks went into half time at 4-1 down after some great fightback from Rosie which led to Holly showing off her skills beating a defender and slotting the ball into the corner.
Hawks started the second half brightly when a lovely one-two between Victoria and Holly left Victoria clean through with just the keeper to beat which she coolly did. Unfortunately, Banbury weren’t about to go down without a fight and despite some valiant defending from Emma, Chloe & Lucy at the back and a goal line save from Bethan, the game became very end to end which left Hawks exposed. When you’re 6-2 down though you have to give it a go and Hawks definitely kept up the fight through the second half with Kara and the midfield working tirelessly and great tracking back from Helen and Lili.
Close to the end of the game, the ball fell to Megan in the D who loves a trick shot so smoothly flicked the ball over the keeper.
The game ended 7-3 with lots go to away and think about and Lili baked so well that she got voted to do it again next week!