A perfect opportunity to gauge the level of opposition they would be meeting in Division 2. The game started slowly with both teams looking like they hadn't played for a while. Hawks were sparked into action within the first 10 minutes with a Buffy strike from a short corner to go 1-0 up. Hawks continued to play well and were soon 2-0 up when a long ball up front to Linda found her completely unmarked and she cooly put the ball away. Oxford managed to sneak a goal back with Hawks not managing to clear the ball fully at the back. It was soon 3-1 to Hawks with Emma passing a ball out to the corner, from a new style long corner, where Linda received it and passed to Georgia on top D who slotted the ball past the keeper. Hawks continued to create many chances but an excellent Oxford goal keeper denied both Georgia and Rachael from adding to the score. The last part of the first half ( was it still only the first half?!) saw Hawks loose their shape and width, and frustratingly giving away another soft goal to make it 3-2 to Hawks at half time.
At half time we talked about keeping width and not running into contact. The second half was much better for Hawks but Oxford also upped their game and were very strong in defence and put much more pressure on our defence. Hawks managed to contain them and even managed to get another goal, another by Linda, to make it 4-2 to Hawks. With around 10 minutes to go, Oxford scored a third but Hawks managed to hold on the come out winners 4-3. A good start to the season but lots to work on for the opening game of the league against Bicester next week.
Joint MOM went to Kally and Emma for their tireless work in midfield.