It was a cold and windy day on the exposed Thame pitch and Phil was very glad she'd got some hockey gloves for Christmas.
Hawks started well and after containing an number of breaks by Thame were awarded an early short corner. A clean injection found Catherine at the top of the D, who stopped the ball for Linda to make a cracking strike right of the far post. A brilliant run from Ellie saw her get her stick on the ball but unfortunately it went just wide. This near-miss shocked Thame into action and they came back strongly. A solid strike and good deflection saw Thame get the first goal. Emma Cragg managed to intercept an attack 10 minutes later but the ball came free into the path of a Thame player. Megan slipped on the icy pitch and they managed to place the ball in the corner of the goal. 2-0 to Thame. Thame were a strong opposition in the first half, they played the ball around and supported each other. They were awarded a penalty corner seconds before the half time whistle sounded. Hawks knew they had to keep the goal out and despite multiple attempts from Thame, succeeded in keeping them out.
Hawks attacked hard from the start of the second half and were rewarded with a number of long corners from the right. The last of which saw Sophie D pass to Sophie B for a strong strike. Linda claiming the ball was going wide ensured it found its target to make the score 2-1. Hawks missed out on a short corner and a few seconds later. Thame were awarded a corner at the other end which was successfully defended by Hawks. They then intercepted one of our hit-outs and an early short from the top of the D was placed just inside the post to take them to 3-1 up. We managed to win 3 short corners while our usual short corner team were on the sideline. On the pitch Jane asked Emma C why she wasn't up there to which Emma replied 'they don't need me'. To emphasize the point Beth made a great strike on the third corner which the goalie saved and injector Megan deflected the ball into the goal to bring the score up to 3-2. Hawks continued to fight hard, keeping another short corner out with just 4 minutes to go to win the second half and finish just 3-2. We were jubilant, everyone played their socks off and even though we'd lost it felt like a victory. Thame were very complimentary and said it was the best match they'd had all season.
Man of the match deservedly went to Emma Cragg for some sterling defence work. As Emma is not in the fantasy league, Jane Chilvers was awarded Fantasy League MOM for getting the most votes after Emma.Thanks to Jan Davies for the photos.