Saturday saw Oxford Hawks travel away to Gloucester, where they faced a strong and physical Gloucester team. The first half Hawks got off to a good start, with an early attack from Katie Lowe and player of the game Becky Odlin but it was dealt with well by Gloucester, and the home side responded with good quick movements into the Hawks half. However good defending by both sides kept the score goalless going into half time.
In the second half the quality of hockey was increased, with Hawks pressing well, and building good attacks stemming from good long balls out of the Hawks defence. However it was Gloucester who struck first, who caught Hawks on the counter attack, with the Gloucester forward squaring the ball to her teammate who passed into an open goal. From here Hawks only went forward, playing in a very positive way, and they built some good attacks with Abi Flory on fine form, and Kathryn Poulter leading the line high. However it wasn’t until the last two minutes when Hawks found the equaliser, with Lucy Stewart finding Lyndsey White in the circle who shot off the back foot. Her shot was saved, but Poulter was well positioned on the post, and flicked the rebound past the keeper to make the score level at 1:1. The game ended shortly after leaving Gloucester very frustrated, and Hawks knowing that they can still up the level as they build for their next game at home against Stourport this weekend.