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Ladies' 1s in first loss of the season at Slough

18 October 2014, 12:30

Ladies' 1s 0 - 2 Slough Ladies 1s

Oxford Hawks travelled to Slough and despite a strong battling performance, ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. It could have been so much worse, but for the heroics of Welsh international goalkeeper Ria Male, who made a number of top class saves in the opening minutes. Hawks rode the storm and soon settled, enjoying more possession, and almost took the lead from close range but Hie Sawyer's shot was cleared. Slough continued to push and punish every Hawks' mistake, creating a number of chances but Male was equal to them all. Slough eventually broke the deadlock from the penalty spot when a goalbound strike was blocked by the body of Briony Hearn. The resulting stroke was duely dispatched to make the score 1-0.

In the second half, Hawks faced a number of penalty corners but some outstanding blocks from Bex Oakes and Hearn prevented the home side from extending their lead. Hawks almost levelled through Emily Court but strong defending kept her out. As the time ticked down Hawks grew in confidence and started to feel they could get something from the game, earning a number of corners of their own. However as they continued to push Slough killed off the game with a well taken strike into the corner of the goal. Hawks kept heads high and created more opportunities but time ran down and Slough took the win, but with a huge amount of positives all over the pitch for Hawks to reflect on as they build for their next game against Swansea.

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