Sat 26
Under 12's Girls (Hawks)
Oldham Athletic
Harsh Defeat

Harsh Defeat

By John Field
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Hawks Wings Clipped

Hepworth Hawks went down fighting after a great hard working performance the Hawks were unlucky to conceed two goals one with virtually the nlast kick off the game. oldham started brightly pressing Hepworth from the off, but the Hawks were ressiliant and defended well with Imogen Hamilton - Smith pulling off some great saves to keep her team in the game. The home team finally made their pressure tell in the twelth minute as Hepworth were slow to react and clear their lines with a weak pass out of defence and Oldham pounced and scrambled the ball into the goal. Hepworth kept working hard and pick of the players in the first half was Beth Cannon and Niamh Redfern who worked exceptionally hard with redfern tidying things up at the back when called upon and Cannon marking Oldham's tricky striker out of the game for long periods. Hepworth did have chances as Beth Cannon and Leila Calcutt both went close but could not find a way past the Oldham keeper. Maisie Chamberlin worked hard and kept probing the Oldham defence but the Hawks just didnt click as good as they have done in recent weeks and were just lacking that little bit of calmness when required, it was not for lack of effort however as they gave it their all. Lily Hodges and Connie Stratton both went close but again found the keeper in the right place at the right time. Pia Rhodes was working hard in her midfield roll and tried to steer the team forward and when Eva Robinsonn was introduced her tackling and pace helped the Hawks compete but it was in the final third that Hepworth just lacked the killer touches.
Half time the team were urged to battle and continue with their hard work rate and that they did throughout the second half and chances came and went for both teams Lily Hodges again going close but her shot was blocked just five minutes into the second period. The tempo was increasing and play swung from end to end as Hepworth looked for a way back minto the game and Oldham looked to kill the game off. Imogen Hamilton - Smith was called upon several times as she kept her team still in the game with some fine saves late on. Then with virtually the last kick of the match from a late throw in Oldham forced the ball home in a cramped goal mouth to shatter Hepworth's hopes of claiming a point. The scoreline really didnt do justice to Hepworth who were in nthe game all through but just couldnt convert their pressure and chances into goals. the referees girl of the game was awarded to Beth Cannon who despite not playing in her usual position had an oustanding game.
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Sat 26, Jan 2019



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