Oxford 7ths 1 Oxford Hawks 7ths (development) 2
Hawks came to the game with a good balance of experience and youth and had the assured presence of Jonny Fox in goal which would prove to be the cap on a good personal week for The Fox.
As the game started Hawks took their time in developing a rhythm with both sides by passing midfield as the ball switched from end to end. The cat and mouse dead lock came to an end as Simon Dawson was able to find space from a long ball up-field and with Laurie Cooke and John Black drawing the defence, 'Boots' finished well to make it 1-0.
Will Smith started to take the upper hand in the middle of the park and the ball began to move through Bradley Fogden, Ollie Dunn and the Simon White up the park. However a quick break by Oxford caught Hawks back peddling and as the ball struck a Hawks fought the short corner was quickly given.
Unluckily the ball was deflected from a Hawks stick and the game was 1-1.
In the 2nd half Hawks began to show their potential and the movement and energy levels which caused Oxford to drop deep and defend their 25 as pressure was exerted. A short corner came from another worked move involving George Dawson and his Dad, and as George Chambers pressed the defence Hawks were awarded a short corner and Will Smith made it 2-1 to Hawks.
The Hawks defence were then put under pressure but solid defence from Dan Evans, Ollie and Roger Dunn with great goal keeping from Jonny Fox kept the score intact. John Black Snr was able to provide options for a pressed defence and John Black Jnr worked tirelessly in the left channel to hold the waves of attacks down the right.
With the last play of the game Oxford were perhaps a little unlucky not to be awarded a penalty corner as the ball shifted around the Hawks D, but the final whistle signalled the end to a good game and a well deserved 3 points.