Following promotion last season, and a summer of pre-season training, the ladies 3’s turned up for their first league game in high spirits and with a strong determination to win. Hawks started strongly, and only narrowly missed out on a goal in the first minute of play with a fantastic run from Rebecca Cannon straight into Windsor’s D. Hawks continued to press Windsor’s defence, with accurate switching across the midfield and aggressive leads from the forward line. Hawks opened up the scoring after 10 minutes, with a brilliant piece of individual skill from Zoe Lamb who took the ball through Windsor’s defence, and smashed it past the keeper. The second goal for Hawks came from a return of the ‘Jac’s special’ on a short corner, where she fired the ball onto the backboard from the top of the D. Windsor responded strongly, however, and after a period of frantic play and mis-placed passes from Hawks, managed to penetrate the defence, scoring two goals in succession making it 2-2. Unwilling to give in, Hawks utilised their pace and skill, and following numerous attacks on goal, were awarded a short corner, which was converted by Rosie McEwen-Smith with a rebound off the keeper. Tireless efforts by the forward line, including player of the match Laura Blakey, continued to open up opportunities for the home side, which led to the fourth goal for Hawks from Saskia Delacave shortly before half-time.
The second half saw Hawks settle as a team, and the ball was moved more cleanly and efficiently between players. A build-up of play in the forward line, followed by a fantastic run by Saskia into the D, lead to her scoring her second goal of the game, and gave Hawks a strong lead of 5-2. An unfortunate short corner against Hawks in the final minutes allowed Windsor to creep back up the scoreboard, however this was not enough, and Hawks retained a solid 5-3 win. All in all, a very promising start to the Ladies 3’s campaign!