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Ladies' 1s draw in friendly with Banbury

17 January 2016

Ladies' 1s 3 - 3 Banbury Ladies 1s

Oxford Hawks hosted Banbury in a preseason friendly, originally intended to be a home game for Banbury, but was switched to Oxford at the last minute due to snow on the Banbury pitch. It was Banbury who started faster, with a fast break from the back resulting in a corner which was well converted at the near post. Hawks soon settled, brushing off a few cobwebs, and started to string some good passing moves together with new player Gemma Darrington slotting well into the back line. Hawks levelled from a corner of their own, with Katie Hewitt cleverly deflecting in Henri Gordon's cross. The home side then took the lead moments later when Abi Flory pounced on a loose ball and flicked it over the Banbury keeper. It was a frantic game at times, with play switching from end to end in a matter of seconds. Hawks had to rely on keeper Jess Hughes to make some exceptional one on one saves, deservedly earning her the player of the match award.

In the second half Hawks edged the possession but still were vulnerable on the quick turnover, and Banbury scored again from a penalty corner, slotting home the rebound after a good first save from Hughes. There were still more goals in the game though, as Katie Hewitt drove through but was fouled by the keeper.   Flory stepped up to despatch the resulting stroke. However Banbury pushed hard for an equaliser and their persistence paid off as moments from the end they won and converted another penalty corner. A good preseason work out for both teams, with plenty of good signs with two more weekends before the league restart.

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