Slough 2 - 1 Oxford Hawks
East Grinstead 3 - 1 Oxford Hawks
Oxford Hawks travelled to Slough to play two friendly matches against National League opponents Slough and East Grinstead. They faced Slough first, and were immediately under pressure with Slough creating a number of early chances. However new signing Ria Male, the Welsh international goalkeeper, was on top form and kept Hawks very much in the game. Hawks settled and started to create chances of their own, and took the lead with a fine team goal. Starting with Bernie Hearn at the back, Hawks strung a number of slick push passes together, finding Maisie Robertson on the baseline. Some fine skills took her past her defender and then she slipped the ball to Becky Odlin, who turned and struck well past the opposition keeper. However the lead didn't last long as Slough broke down their left, and crossed well to the forward waiting on the post who finished first time. Moments later Slough took the lead with a strong drive down the right, and pinpoint cross to the waiting forward who again finished first time. Hawks responded well and almost grabbed a draw, when a penalty corner at the death went narrowly wide.
In their second game, Hawks faced East Grinstead, and despite having just played a full game, they looked fresh and full of energy, playing some lovely passing hockey in the first half. Hawks took the lead on fifteen minutes, when Hie Sawyer played a through ball to Kathryn Poulter who calmly slotted the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper. East Grinstead responded well and levelled ten minutes later with a stunning reverse stick shot high into the roof of the net. In the second half, Hawks' legs began to tire and East Grinstead won a number of corners. Despite resolute defending from man of the match Lucy Millington, the opposition scored twice from corners to make the score 3-1. Hawks kept heads high and continued to play good passing hockey, but it was too little too late as the clock ran down. Despite the two defeats coach Andy Clark was very encouraged by both performances, with one more weekend of friendly action before the league starts on 13 September.