Oxford Hawks Ladies section had a remarkable weekend with all 6 teams winning their league matches. The Ladies 1s travelled north to face Olton, relegated last season from the top flight. Hawks started brightly, stringing together some lovely passing hockey which allowed them to settle into the game quickly. Hawks earned a few penalty corners but good defending from Olton kept them out. The home side almost scored at the other end, but strong tackling from player of the match Takara Haines ensured the stayed game goalless. However it didn’t stay like that for long, as Haines ran the length of the pitch, laying the ball off to Katie Hewitt, whose diving cross found Emily Court unmarked on the far post.
In the second half Hawks took more control of the game, and enjoyed the majority of possession. After only five minutes they doubled their lead, when Haines dispossessed an Olton defender. She then used her strength and skills, to skip past a number of challenges, before a clinical finish into the corner of the goal. Ten minutes later Hawks got a third, when Emily Court received the ball in the area. Despite pressure from the oncoming goalkeeper, she remained composed and used her skill to open up space, before lifting the ball into the roof of the net for her second of the match. The away side almost got a fourth but Hie Sawyer was denied by a stunning save from the home keeper. Hawks’ legs began to tire in the dying moments of the game, and they were punished when the Olton centre forward was found unmarked at the top of the area, and she scored a late consolation. However Hawks can be very happy with their performance, and it was certainly a day to celebrate for the whole Ladies section.