It was a 2nd (Hawks) against 3rd (Banbury) clash for the Ladies 4s this week, with their toughest match since the first league game of the season back in September. Having gone 9 games without a loss the pressure was on!!
After an early start (7am) for some ‘special’ photographs for some of the team, followed by team breakfast and a bit of needle work, Hawks started the game with a lot of possession and managed to having many chances on goal. There were plenty of early shots from the top of the D but these were easily saved by the Banbury keeper. Eventually Hawks capitalised on their possession and went 1-0 up with a goal by team top scorer Sandra. Just before half-time Banbury levelled with a well placed individual goal by their centre forward, despite keeper Olivia’s best efforts.
The second half started with Hawks half asleep and Banbury playing their best 10 minutes of the game. Before we knew it they were 2-1 up and Hawks were losing a game for the first time in several months! We quickly equalised with a long awaited goal from Lizzie, having had something of a goal drought. Nicky found herself with the ball in the D and unselfishly passed to Lizzie who slotted it over the line to make it 2-2. Hawks excellent passing play continued against a tireless Banbury side who had 1 sub compared to our 4! Eventually our possession was converted to goals. From a short corner another Lizzie shot ‘bobbled’ over the defenders sticks and into goal. Within another couple of minutes it was 4-2 with another short corner shot, this time from Catherine, going in off one of the defenders sticks. Lizzie completed her hat-trick with a superb individual goal, firing the ball into goal from the top D. The Hawks defence remained solid to the end when Banbury had a run of short corners which they didn’t manage to convert to a goal.
Final score 5-2; tough game and great preparation for next week’s top of the table clash against Sonning – bring it on!!!
Thanks to Tim and Dan for umpiring and making it such an enjoyable match.
Thanks to Sophie Bennett for the sideline support - hope you're back on the pitch with us soon.