Sat 12
Under 12's Girls (Hawks)
M Chaimberlain (15')
Defeat but not down

Defeat but not down

By John Field
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Great Teamwork

The Hawks went in to the game several players down to due players having other committments yet they gave a great performance which was not reflected by the final score. Failsworth were a side who have three really good strong players who often dominate games but Hepworth worked hard and kept them quiet for long periods. In the first few minutes Imogen Hamilton - Smith in goal made a great double save that had the supporters cheering loud, but she was unable to do anything about the 5th minute opener for Failsworth. Imogen was called upon in the 7th minute as she yet again made what on any other day would have been two match winning saves, but as Failsworth pushed on her defence hessitated in the 10th minute and they doubled their score. Hepworth did not sit back and they kept plugging away and all their hard efforts paid off on 15 minutes as agood throw from Leila Calcutt set up Masie Chamberlain as she turned beat a player on the left wing before firing home to make it 1-2. Hamilton- Smith kept her team in the game right on the stroke of half time with yet another great save and the team went into half time full of optimism and were encouraged to keep up their hard work and try to improve their passing slightly as they gave the ball away cheaply at times.
Straight after the restart it was Hepworth who went on the attack and Beth Cannon had two good efforts but hit the post on both occassions, to rub salt in the wounds Failsworth went straight up the other end and increased their lead. A few minutes later Failsworth went further in front as from a corner a goal mouth scramble ensued and a deflected shot beat Hamilton-Smith to make it 4-1. Hepworth still battled hard and should have scored more goals but luck was not on their sideas Beth Cannon went on a great run before crossing to Leila Calcutt whos shot was just wide. In the dying minutes as Hepworth tired the larger stronger Failsworth scored two late goal to make it 6-1 and make it look like the visitors were totally outplayed which wa not the case. Thteam were not downhearted and they all agreed they had played well but missing a few key players didnt help. The likes of Connie "The Tiger" Stratton and Lily Hodges both petite but with hearts of lions lead the way making some great challenges on much bigger opponents and with beth Cannon and Leila Calcutts endless runs and efforts the Hawks should have had more goals for their efforts but it was not to be. The referees girl of the game went to Imogen Hamilton-Smith who had an outstanding game and had it not have been for her the scoreline could have been much worse tho it did flatter Failsworth at 6-1.
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Sat 12, Jan 2019



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