Oxford Hawks Men’s 1’s were away to Purley this weekend. The traffic was not on the side of the Oxford men with heavy delays severely reducing pre-match preparation time. Once they took to the pitch it was business as usual. A high tempo warm up resulted in a great start for Hawks. Although they could not capitalise early doors Purley were definitely put on the back foot. A great piece of wing play saw Hawks put the ball in the net, only to be disallowed after an umpires consultation.
The game began to stagnate slightly after this with Purley digging in with a defensive press. The breakthrough goal came near the end of the first half when league debutant Chris Lim showed some silky stick work in the Purley D and off loaded to Kit cutter who proved lethal from 4 inches. Purley soon began to settle into the game and scored a goal of their own with a swift play that opened up the Hawks defences and was tapped in at the far post. Both teams had a goal apiece at half time.
The second half started slowly but with a few interesting umpiring decisions both teams started losing players. At one point there were only 8 Hawks players on the pitch. As you would expect this really opened the game up. With eleven players on the pitch, a slick passing move found Chris Hardy in the D who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper from an acute angle. Hawks then closed out the match convincingly.
The result was well deserved with the Hawks boys carrying momentum from pre-season matches. Next week home to Havant who will be fielding Sandeep Singh the ex Indian captain and number one frag flicker.