Oxford Hawks Men's 1st XI welcomed Spencer to BRN this Saturday. Hawks with a solid start to the season having picked up 2 wins from their first 3 fixtures knew they would be in for a stern test, in what is always a tight game against an experienced and talented Spencer side. Hawks welcome back the influential Chapman after his early season excursion.
The game started brightly for Hawks, handling the ball with quality during the early outlets and then stealing the ball and executing a great passing move on counter with Creed providing the composed finish in the circle. More Hawks pressure lead to the first short corner of the game, poor execution of the corner lead to Spencer scoring clinically on the counter attack. Kit Cutter then pulled Hawks ahead with his 3rd of the season, finishing a well constructed passing move from close range. Hawks headed into the half time break with a 2-1 lead.
As expected Spencer came out for the 2nd half with increased intensity and pressure, looking to force their way back into the game. Although it was Hawks to score again, all be it slightly against the run of play, Rhodes getting on the end of a great ball into the circle from Biggs. Increased Spencer pressure lead to Hawks not being able to complete phases of passing with the fluency of the first half and consequently retreating further and further into deep defence, the Spencer pressure finally paid off with a goal to make it 3-2 to Hawks with 15 min to play. However, with 4 minutes to play, with great desire and quality Chapman (well assisted by Cutter) fired in a reverse stick shot to close the game out for Hawks.
Hawks head to Staines next Saturday looking to continue a very positive start to the season.
Final Score: Oxford Hawks 4 - Spencer 2
Thanks to Clive Jones for the photos.