ALLIANZ PARK is proving not to be a happy hunting ground for Henley Hawks Women as they returned for their
ALLIANZ PARK is proving not to be a happy hunting ground for Henley Hawks Women as they returned for their second match in a month, this time to face Saracens 2nds, where they suffered a heavy league defeat.
The Hawks started brightly and the early exchanges put Saracens under pressure. Good territory meant Henley had opportunities to capitalise on their set piece but were unable to take advantage and gave Saracens easy outs.
The first try came through a kick in behind a dogged Hawks defence that kept the hosts at bay for most of the match.
Henley got to work on their driving maul and showed good patience to drive over in the corner with Wysocki-Jones being the benefactor. Saracens then worked a score to make it 12-5.
Henley replied and a fine break from Burger pinned them back deep in their 22. They continued to press but a long first half, due to injuries, finally closed with the Hawks still very much in the game.
The first 10 minutes was much the same, before Saracens made it 19-5. It coincided with a number of injuries that unsettled the Hawks which the Watford based side took full advantage of.
Despite continued success with the maul, Henley struggled to penetrate out wide or trouble the hosts’ line. Further breaks and pressure from Saracens saw the score creep up to 43-5.
Henley Hawks Women: 1 Donna Hughes, 2 Kelly-Anne Ferguson, 3 Bobby Barrett, 4 Emma Tadman, 5 Katy Wysocki-Jones, 6 Tina Simpson, 7 Jenni Balmer, 8 Anne Wheeler, 9 Carly Dudding, 10 Charlotte McFarland, 11 Pip Timmins, 12 Aisling Byrne, 13 Ann-Marie Solowin, 14 Nicole Burger, 15 Annette Tomas. Substitutes: Mel Dalton, Yas Matthews, Nicole Ashman, Rebecca Cornford, Charlotte Sealey, Maddy Peris.