Both teams showed their respect in a shared 2 minute silence at 11am and then set their minds to the task ahead.
The conditions were ideal and as with all local derbies the opportunity for bragging rights always adds to the level of anticipation.
The game started immediately at a high tempo with a midfield battle being won in the early stages by Toby, Laurie and Bradley. However the better chances were being created by Oxford when they broke quickly and Tom kept a calm head alongside Ollie Dunn with Aravind looked confident between the sticks.
As the game settled into a pattern of end to end exchanges the right hand triangle of Roly, Laurie and Krishan caused problems and with James leading the line Hawks looked favourite to score.
The deadlock was broken after an excellent press from Krishan caught the Oxford defence on the back foot and the chance led to a short corner. Toby finished with a firm strike to make it 1-0.
Oxford then enjoyed their best spell and former Hawks player Jake took up good positions but was well marshalled with Roly and Aidan keeping a strong defence tight and narrow.
Hawks were unlucky not to score a second when Toby hit the post, but the Hawks keeper Aravind was the busier of the 2 keepers.
As legs tired in an intense game Whitey and Amar provided strong support and Andrew and Andre helped keep the shape.
Just when it looked like Hawks would hold out to a hard fought win, Oxford grabbed a goal to make it 1-1.
A final chance came to Hawks from great work by Roly and Krishan down the right but the Oxford keeper made a good save from James and the game finished 1-1.
Hawks showed they are continuing to develop as a team and very member of the squad should be proud of their performance.
Picking a player of the match could have gone to any-one.
However Aidan Benger was a rock at left back providing cover and distribution to release his team-mates.
His work rate was also an example to all so he gets the vote.
Squad: Aravind Prabhakaran (GK)
Ollie Dunn, Ollie Webb, Tom and Ed Murray, Roly Belton, Aidan Benger,
Laurie Cooke, Bradley Fogden, Toby Maclachlan (capt), Amar Madar,
Andre Gill Simmen, Andrew Russell, Krishan Badiani, James Edmiston, Whitey