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L6s score 4 goals but still lose out to Abingdon 1s

26 February 2022, 10:00, Banbury Road North (Top)

Ladies' 6s 4 - 5 Abingdon Ladies 1s

I was talking to a spectator in the bar after the game. He said he’d just seen a very exciting game and for the people watching it was impossible to know which way the game was going to go. I agreed and said that it must have been good for anyone neutral. He said it’s funny how expectations can be overturned in sport. It turned out he was supporting Abingdon and they had thought they would have a relatively easy game as they are close to the top of the league and the 6s are close to the bottom and had been surprised by the quality of the game and relieved with the result. 

So it was a shame that after some admirable team moves, good linking hockey and great effort from the 6s they had eventually ended up the wrong side of a 4-5 score line. 

There were so many positives from the 6s welcoming Caitlin and Evelyn back from injury. Phil asked Harri and Yas to play in positions outside their comfort zones and  they both stepped up willingly. Any hesitancy in the first half was shaken off by the end of the game. Joint POMs were Hannah and Lucille both of whom made significant impacts on the game with their positive runs, linking and passing moves. This was well deserved however it has to be said that Lotty scored two great goals, Buffy’s short corner defence in the last quarter particular was outstanding and Evelyn made many stops in goal. The efforts of Holly on the right were tireless covering the quick breaks from Abingdon and Linda and Marion gave the Abingdon defence questions to answer. Phil and Jan worked really hard in defence to keep some fast running and hard hitting forwards contained. 

Hawks went into the lead early in the game and this rather woke Abingdon up and it wasn’t long before they equalised from an outstanding short corner strike. A period of play when Hawks seemed to lose confidence saw them concede twice more to go 3-1 down, but all was not lost and Hawks regained their composure and scored again to make it 3-2 at half time with everything to play for.

Determined to go up a gear it was Hawks that scored first in the second half to equal the score only to concede again shortly afterwards. The score remained at 4-4 for a significant period of time during which the ball crossed the line twice for Abingdon and once for Hawks with the umpires denying the goals on all three occasions. 

It was Abingdon who managed to break the tension however and scored the winning goal with a few minutes of the game to go. 

It’s rare that a team scores four and loses. Let’s hope the team plays with as much panache next week and scores another four goals to gain much needed points to move them up the league. 

Many thanks to Hugh and Charlie for their composed and measured umpiring. 

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