With no game last week, the Ladies 4s had plenty of time to rue their shock loss to Oxford 5s a fortnight ago. With captain Catherine flying off on holiday, Phil took over captaincy for this important game against 3rd in the table Marlow 3s, just one place below Hawks. The 4s started slowly, which has unfortunately become a bit of a habit, and allowed Marlow a lot of possession. Within 10 minutes Marlow were 1-0 up. A short break in play after a Marlow injury allowed Hawks to regroup and they re-started the game in much better fashion. Hawks pressure resulted in a lot of chances to score but the Marlow keeper somehow managed to keep the ball out of the goal. Fi was particularly unlucky not to score. It wasn’t long before Sophie T managed to get some space in the right top D and struck a ball past the keeper. 1-1. Hawks were unlucky not to score again before half-time with both Lizzie and Sandra having lots of shots saved and Hawks unable to convert any short corners.
At half-time everyone agreed that we needed to keep more possession and use more width – keep it simple as Jacs put it. The second half was a million times better for Hawks. Sandra put us 2-1 up when Emma crossed the ball from the right hand side into the D, Sandra controlling the ball and slotting a reverse stick shot through the keeper’s legs. Hawks continued to distribute the ball well and had the majority of possession. We went 3-1 up when Lizzie broke from half way and passed the ball to Bonnie at top D. Bonnie, one on one with the keeper, calmly hit the ball into the goal. Vicky, filling in for Catherine at centre midfield, was unlucky to have a short corner goal disallowed for being slightly above the back board. Mid-way through the half, Marlow won their only short corner of the game. They didn’t score but the period of play following it resulted in Marlow scoring a second, soft goal. The full backs Phil and Becky were solid in stopping Marlow having much possession in their D and this remained their only chance of the second half. Hawks went a deserved 4-2 up with great passing play between Bethany and Katharine, finally resulting in another reverse stick goal, this time for Katharine. Final score was 4-2, a great result for Hawks and a chance to put a bit of daylight between 2nd and 3rd place in the league. MOM went to Fi for her tireless work all over the pitch.