Hawks travelled to Sonning in the first round of the over 45s cup. The first decision of the day was whether base layers were needed to combat the wet and windy conditions. As we arrived at the pitch we found our u18 girls were on the adjacent pitch 2-0 up against Reading (which was also the final score).
Sonning started the stronger of the teams and were two goals up in the first 11 minutes. I'm not really sure how their first goal was scored but their second was due to some missed tackles and a clean finish. Hawks regrouped and the game opened up but Hawks couldn't get past a very disciplined defence so found chances hard to come by and forced passes were cut out. The Sonning goal keeper blocked any shots and Hawks began to get frustrated. Sonning made it 3-0 by half time with a well drilled penalty corner.
Sue had spotted that Sonning played a diamond formation so instructions were dished out as we sucked on our half time oranges. Hawks took the game to Sonning in the second half and were soon on the front foot. Sonning began to drop back to protect their lead but Hawks were determined and scored following a move through the middle. A ball played to Pip, who drew the keeper out, who then made a sympathetic pass (not) to an unmarked Rebecca who slotted the ball into any empty goal.
The heavens opened, the sun was replaced by torrential rain that then turned in to hail, supported by strong winds. At this point the substitution plan went out the window as those who were on the bench were not too enthusiastic about returning to the game. The hail and rain soon stopped and Hawks raised their game again. Hawks second goal was created by MOM Dr.Clare, who slipped the ball past two defenders to find Sophie on the right wing, who then dispatched the ball into the circle for Ang to first time slot the ball in to the goal. Hawks had their tails up but couldn't find the equaliser albeit a number of chances; a 2-3 loss.
A scrumptious tea was provided by Sonning which consisted of curry, a cheese board and port, accompanied by Hoops' lush chocolate cake. Hawks now go forward into the plate competition.