Hawks L4s made the trip down to Windsor on a blessedly dry Saturday, geared up for a tough match against Windsor 1s. Windsor aced their season last year, joining Prem 2 from Div 1, and Hawks were prepared to face a strong side after Windsor’s recent results.
Hawks fielded a promising squad of 15, and planned to take the game to Windsor from the whistle. Tara assertively took the ball forward from the push back, finding a pass to the right half and creating real energy among the Hawks side in the first few seconds. Windsor were ready to roll, though, and after turning play over, made a threatening attack on the Hawks goal within the first minute – ably saved by our talented keeper Iona.
Hawks soon settled and started moving the ball around and stretching the pitch, finding width in attack and creating some promising play. After periods of possession by both teams, Windsor made the most of a free hit just outside the 23 to place the ball perfectly in the D for a well-timed deflection (Hawks, take note!). Buoyed by their goal, Windsor moved into a period of sustained attack and were able to win several short corners, all of which were handled with confidence by Hawks’s defence.
Hawks looked a little rattled for a few moments, but soon settled into some lovely passing play through the midfield. A great interception from defence gave Hawks the opportunity to attack up the right, with a brilliant cross finding Kim on the p-spot – her shot sadly just wide with a bit of help from a Windsor player crashing into her at the wrong moment. Lucia showed her silky skills, dancing around Windsor’s defence and finding herself in the D several times, but Hawks attackers were not rewarded despite some well-timed runs and some great support from Alice and Vicky in half back.
Windsor found the back of the net a second time with an assertive play through the middle of the pitch, and Hawks found themselves 0-2 down at half time. We knew we just needed to win some short corners to show what we were capable of, but sadly several Windsor feet and a few barges in the D went unrewarded.
Windsor were confident in the lead, and despite some very promising moments of play from the Hawks team, with brilliant turnover by the defenders and midfield, Windsor sealed the deal with their third and final goal from open play. Rebecca and Lucia were both unlucky not to score, and we welcomed Tots back into the 4s as well as Ffion and Katie M.
POM went to Caz for her tireless and intelligent play on the inner line. Well done Caz and good luck to Hawks next week – lots to build on!