L1s joint top after beating Basingstoke
Published on 04th Nov, 2022
After a week off for half term, Hawks were keen to keep their run of home victories going having secured 3 points against Exe in the previous game. Hawks opened with some good passing play, looking secure on the ball and moving it around well. There were several chances for Hawks including hitting the post and giving Basingstoke’s keeper plenty to do, however were unable to convert with the first quarter ending 0 – 0.
Into the second quarter, the play was more end to end with Basingstoke crafting some attacking play of their own frequently utilising an aerial ball from the back. Hawks defence remained solid, with some excellent individual tackles from the likes of Sally Clark. Hawks continued their attacking campaign, winning some corners which weren’t converted. They were eventually rewarded for their efforts winning the ball high from their press and passing through to Emily Clark who skilfully juggled the ball past the Basingstoke keeper.
Into the final two quarters, the game had a lot of changes in possession with each team having their chances. Hawks were firing the ball at the keeper, but she remained solid. Hawks attacking up the pitch, won another short corner and the resulting goal line scramble gave away a penalty flick. Emily Clark stepped up to deliver a solid flick, her second goal of the game. Basingstoke responded strongly, with an attack just minutes after Hawks goal resulting in a short corner. This was converted making the score 2- 1.
The last patch of play was intense, with changes in possession abound. Basingstoke gave their best effort to equalise with a barrage of short corners not long before the final whistle, but to no avail. Hawks defence remained strong, with keeper Emma Page keeping the shots out. The final score was 2-1, another 3 points on the board putting Hawks four-way joint top of the league. Hawks look forward to their game next week against Reading 2’s away.