With the floods having subsided, Hackney Firsts resumed play at the marshes against Luton. Having slipped down the league table recently, it was a must win game.
Hackney started the game strongly and never looked back. Playing from deep we had time on the ball, running rings round the opposition (yes Jo, training did pay off!). Against the run of play, a goal was conceded from a free kick late in the first half – the wind and mud conspiring to cause the unluckiest of bounces.
Knowing we didn’t deserve to be down, Hackney came out fighting in the second half. The dominance of our defence, especially though a new Helen/Viv slide-tackle partnership, meant we were able to lay on the pressure upfront. The midfield were stylish and together with our strikers (Tash making a long-awaited come-back!) had some lovely efforts that only just missed the mark. With the game becoming a real nail-biter, two goals eventually came from set pieces – our captain Helen giving a masterclass in how to take corners and free kicks! Managing to hang on to the end, the score finished 2-1. A well-fought but well-deserved win.
For the first time this season, we enjoyed the luxury of a full squad – so a big thanks to all those who played. And thanks also to our supporters, who braved the elements to provide much needed half-time oranges. Congrats to Viv whose sterling performance at the back clinched Woman of the Match.