Manager’s log – Sunday 16th November
Having been narrowly defeated 4-3 in a cup game the Sunday before, Hackney Firsts went into the fixture against Clapham Comets adamant that we would secure a win.
Watched through the lens of an ITV crew, it was a sight to behold. Hackney got off to a strong start, dominating the midfield and putting the Comets’ defence under pressure from the off. Incisive passing and cool finishing from star striker Fran put Hackney ahead early on – and from there it was total domination!
Controlled at the back, with Kat and Tash solid as a rock, nippy down the wings, and a real threat in the box, the whole team looked the real deal. Goal after goal followed – Fran using her strength and determination to bag them all. Still room for improvement (conceding one unlucky goal), but nevertheless, it was a polished performance. The final score was 4-1, and it could have been more, with Kate and Amo creating some great chances.
We finished with a happy team, a happy gaffer – and with the Reserves dominating their game on the next pitch and getting a win as well 1-8 – it was happy days for Hackney. Long may it continue!