As the title suggests Hawks travelled to Brookes for their tense counter with Oxford 1's for who would remain top of the pile. Upon arrival the game moved to Headington and later in the day, which ruffled a few feathers and spurred Hawks on to beat Oxford.
Hawk's welcomed back some more senior faces, no less fresh or talented in the form of Wardy and Pickup.
Hawks came out positive and determined, some early exchanges \ blows meant many turnovers and lots of strong 50\50 challenges from both sides. Oxford had the first chance as the ball was fired across the D only for the ball to be chipped harmlessly high and wide.
Both teams began to settle and shake of the rust the Christmas break had bought, although both sides found possession at a premium as the high turnover rate continued.
Hawks battled away winning the first short corner of the game but were unable to beat the first runner. From then Hawks continued to turn the screw playing most of the first half in Oxford territory, allowing only counter attacks of Oxford which came to noting. Mark-ey Mark getting the first goal deflecting past the Oxford Keeper on the near post.
Hawks continued to struggle to convert short corner chances, due to the pace of Oxfords 1 runner but kept at it getting a couple of quick shots away from the top of the D. Hawks were also able to score another goal to take them to 2-0. Price in goal was happy to celebrate with the team as he was yet to touch the ball on the pitch, thus showing the strength of the team ahead of him. Rory was unable to see through traffic and possibly his nose bleed to turn in a deflection on the back post to make it 3-0.
Hawks went in 2-0 up knowing that they weren't able to defend this and to tweek the tactics to trouble Oxford more. Hawks did this keeping the ball largely in Oxford territory, pressing well high up the pitch and limiting Oxford to only a handful D entries. Oxford were able to win short corners from these but two great picks from number one runners Ollie W and Rory P meant still no saves for Hawks keeper. Oxford came hard and won 2 more short corners in the last 2 minutes committing everyone up each time, but still couldn't find a shot.
Hawks won 2-0, the joy and excitement was there for all to see. Thank you to those who came up to watch in the cold, the support was great and much needed.