After a disappointing result away to Reading last week, the Ladies 2s were keen to return to winning ways against Maidenhead. An early meet for a healthy breakfast (Avocado?) and a good warm up ensured Hawks were raring to go from the first whistle. The early exchanges were played at a relatively frantic pace and it took a while for Hawks to settle. Once they started to move the ball quickly, finding good connections, the chances started to come. One such attack found Sandra in the D, who happily smashed it into the back of the goal. Hawks continued to enjoy good possession and it didn’t take long for them to score a second, Lili slotting the ball past the keeper after some determined work by the other forwards in the D.
2-0 half time, and some welcome refreshments from Manager Claud, as well as wise words from Wilko to keep focused, move the ball quickly as the job was not yet done.
Hawks started the second half with good intentions, however the next passage of play was decidedly scrappy, as both sides saw a number of cards. First Odders took a turn on the naughty step after a slightly overenthusiastic tackle, followed by a Maidenhead player, followed by Helen… by this point I have to admit to losing track of the cards. The defence worked hard to keep Maidenhead out with a couple of great sliding tackles from Henri, and Pagey was on hand to clear any attacks that did make it through. Towards the end of the second half, Hawks began to take control of the game again, keeping possession well and finding space. Opportunities were created, but Hawks were unable to find the final touch. The final whistle went and another welcome 3 points! A number of people gained Mom nominations resulting in a 5 way tie between Hibby, Odders, Sandra, Harri C and Kathryn. Dod went to Helen following her latest Art project.
The team then headed off to Hinksey Heights for a very enjoyable, but freezing cold round of Footgolf. There were some great fancy dress outfits on display, but white trainers and Uggs were perhaps not ideal!
We go again next week…
Thanks to Evelyn Hargraves for the great photos.