The ladies 2s had a short trip to make to play Oxford at Brookes University on a rainy Saturday afternoon. With the rain holding off Hawks make the better start, applying lots of pressure on the Oxford defence and soon found themselves 1-0 up. A lovely cross in by Emily, who had run into the space by an off the ball run by Claire found Abi at the top of the D who first time swept the ball into the roof of the net. Minutes later though Oxford had equalised and the score after 10 minutes was 1-1. It looked like it was going to be a good game.
The match then settled down and both teams had possession and opportunities but neither team was able to add to the score. Some calm defending by Sally and Laura got the ball out of defence to Jo in midfield. She then had a bursting run through the middle of the pitch and an early strike at the edge of the D took the goalkeeper by surprise and went straight into the bottom corner to make the score 2-1 to Hawks. Just when it looked as though Hawks would go into the break in the lead an unfortunate slip allowed an Oxford player through on goal who calmly slotted the ball under Linda to make things level at half time.
The second half started much like the first with Hawks piling on the pressure from the off and were soon rewarded with an early goal. Man of the match, Jo made another great run into the D and hit the ball past the goalkeeper from a tight angle to make the score 3-2. Just when it looked as though Hawks were on top Oxford scored 2 quick goals and from being 3-2 up Hawks found themselves 4-3 down. As time went on it was obvious neither team wanted to lose the match and some great defending by Hawks players all over the pitch meant they did not go even further behind. Some good work by Kara in midfield, who was under lots of pressure managed to feed the ball out to Abi who drove along the sideline. She then fired the ball into the D where Claire was holding space in front of the defender just like she had been practicing all week to deflect the ball into the goal to even the score.
The final score was 4-4 which was a fair result as both teams gave it their all. But Hawks are looking to go back to winning ways next week.