Hawks L4s entertained Sonning L2s at BRN in the pouring rain. Hawks expected a tough game from the visitors and were ready to battle it out. The first 10mins of the game though were very evenly matched with both teams creating opportunities. Sonning took advantage of a quick turnover ball when Hawks were pressing hard on the attack, and opened the scoring with a hard strike form the top of the D.
Hawks then took command with plenty of possession. The back four made good use of the pitch to tirelessly work the ball from side to side, before releasing the midfield and forwards, who in turn earned themselves several penalty corners. However more practice is required at training as the team failed to convert any.
Iona and her defence were then kept busy as Sonning pressed hard towards the end of the first half and had a go at some penalty corners. They also need to practice more as Hawks defended them well.
Despite the Jelly Babies and the instruction to start the second half with a 'Big 5', Sonning started the stronger with some sustained attacking to test the defence who held firm. Hawks then attacked with plenty of connecting play through the midfield on either side of the pitch. Sonning were then awarded a yellow card for not being five when Hawks were hunting around the D. Unfortunately Hawks were unable to take advantage of the overload, though credit to trying as they did fire off some shots at goal and earned a couple more penalty corners.
Although they were on the wrong side of the scoreline, Hawks were pleased with the improved play from the previous week and look forward to entertaining Maidenhead next week.
Thanks to Evelyn for braving the weather to take photos of the game!