Sunday, 06 December 2020

Henley have the edge

ON a weekend in Swindon that promised storms the Hawks Women ran out on a perfect surface underfoot and a

ON a weekend in Swindon that promised storms the Hawks Women ran out on a perfect surface underfoot and a dry match on Sunday in a match played with a strong crossfield wind.

Having lost the toss the Hawks were asked to kick off with the wind coming over their right shoulders.

Despite having repeated chances inside the hosts’ 22, penalties and loss of their own set piece meant Henley failed to capitalise as the half ended 0-0.

In the second half the Hawks had it all to do. Playing up a slight slope, wind against and a buoyant Supermarine forced changes during the half.

Carr, struggling with her shoulder, moved out to the wing, Lathbury-Haigh stepped into scrum half, Aktinson moved back to openside, Lester back to second row, which meant Beech, who continues to put in solid performances, gave way.

Henley picked up the pace and spread the Supermarine defence with more width. This allowed gaps to appear and phases to be built.

Wysocki-Jones, Dudding and Atkinson were now breaking the line and the game had changed. Good hustle from Lathbury-Haigh on a tap and go caught the home side napping and fine hands and overloaded down the blindside saw Hearn finish off a well-worked score.

Momentum was now with Henley and five minutes later saw an almost identical break, only this time Atkinson burst through.

The hosts mounted pressure of their own and were awarded a penalty five metres out. Clegg, who was a constant threat, took a quick tap for a simple score.

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