Oxford Hawks U14 4 Fareham U14 5
In a thrilling Mercian League Premier opener 2 well matched teams took their turns to lead the game and it could have gone either way. Fareham had the edge early on in the game as Hawks took time to find their patterns and took a deserved lead. This score was soon level with a thumping short corner from Ollie Dunn.
As each team sought to take the upper hand the midfield of Edmiston, Barnet, Cooke and Belton wrestled the control from Fareham, who in their Captain at the heart of midfield looked the more dangerous.
Hawks then began to play the ball around with confidence and switched the play to exploit the right channel with great effect. Jonny Sunderland demonstrated his pace and composure and scored 2 well taken goals and a goal from James Edmiston looked to have put Hawks into a winning position at 4:3.
However a lack of concentration at the back saw the Fareham player have too much time and when the ball was not cleared he struck a well taken reverse stick shot in to the roof of the net. The game was moving to a finish at 4:4 when a harsh penalty corner was awarded after the ball had been lifted into the D, and Fareham took the chance to finish with a goal to make it 5:4.
Great progress throughout the majority of the game also provided learning points for future encounters. The boys should be proud of their performance and it was a disappointing way to finish but an excellent game to play in.