The Ladies 2s were playing another Top of the Table Clash, this time against Maidenhead and the 2s were expecting a competitive game.
The 2s started off well and created a number of opportunities early on in the first half. However Maidenhead defended well early on and the 2s were unable to convert any of their chances.
Maidenhead took their free hits very quickly and put the 2s and defence under a lot of pressure. However Full Backs, Molly Warne and Sally Clark worked well together to ensure that Maidenhead were unable to create any chances in the D.
15 minutes into the First Half, Emily smith picked up the ball on the half way line and displayed great individual skills to get into the D. Emily got round the Maidenhead Defence and Goalkeeper, passing the ball to Jo Tolson who was waiting on the far post for a fantastic finish. Although there was some controversy around this goal, it stood leaving the score at 1-0.
The Ladies 2s defence were extremely patient and transferred the ball round the back, while the inside forwards and forwards continually posted up. This led to some great build up play which got the 2s into the D where Lisa Scragg then calmly slipped the ball passed the Maidenhead keeper.
The 2-0 scoreline did not deter Maidenhead and they worked hard to create chances in the Hawks D. They were awarded a short corner towards the end of the first half but goalkeeper Linda Billington and the 2s defence were composed and were able to clear the ball from the danger area.
Maidenhead started the 2nd half strongly and were awarded a long corner a few minutes in. The 2s dealt with this in a calm and composed manner with Man of the Match Molly Warne making a great tackle to prevent Maidenhead from getting into the D. The 2s kept on working hard and this resulted in a few attacking short corners which were not converted.
Both teams created chances until the final whistle but the Hawks defence continued to play well and were composed until the end of the game. Overall, a great performance from the Ladies 2s and another 3 points!
Thanks to Peter Millington for the photos.