The Ladies 3s travelled away to face Wokingham 1s who were just two points behind in the table in third place.
Hawks 3s started solidly but were taken aback by Wokingham's determination and physicality. The run of play was even until the umpire called a short corner believing that the ball had hit the skipper's knee, and despite protestations, a call to appeal, and waving a very bruised finger, the short corner stood. Wokingham duly converted to go 1-0 up.
Hawks couldn't find the form of recent weeks and lacked the precision first touch which was needed to link play. Wokingham found a gap through midfield and put away a straight strike in the bottom right corner to Hawks' dismay.
Hawks were rattled by the continual physical barrage and Katie took two hits to the foot and leg but bravely played on. Jess was floored on the edge of the D but came away only with a free hit, to the skipper's dismay. Emily Black was unlucky on the turn and twisted her knee badly, having to be helped off (hope you heal very quickly Em!). Rosie was also hit on the foot and left injured for the week. Wokingham kept their form and determination throughout.
Hawks were awarded a short corner and Jacqui stepped up to strike. Hawks fumbled the corner and the ball came out beyond the dotted line to the skipper who was backing up. Kim found Jacqui, Jacqui found Becca, and Becca swept the ball cleanly into the top right of the net. GOAL! Or was it... the Wokingham crowd queried and the umpire wavered - he called a 16-yard hit to Wokingham. Kim queried the decision since the ball had both left the D beyond the dotted line, ending the corner, and Becca's shot was lifted but not hit. Hawks were bitterly disappointed not to be awarded a much deserved goal but conducted themselves well.
A slightly shouty half time talk saw Hawks go out with fresh determination to square up and get on with the game. Hawks worked hard and had their chances and finally saw a goal put away when team build up was rewarded with a fantastic finish by Bonnie in the fiftieth minute, taking the score to 2-1.
Unfortunately they couldn't capitalise on further chances and frustration at some of the decisions meant that Hawks didn't shine. Wokingham continued their pressure and were rewarded with a third goal from which Hawks couldn't recover in time. The final whistle went at 3-1 and Hawks went away nursing several injuries, bruises, and their pride. MOM went to a deserving Bonnie.
The result took Hawks out of the top spot and into third position, just two points behind the league leaders.