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Ladies' 1s win final friendly

30 January 2016, 17:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Ladies' 1s 2 - 1 Hampstead and Westminster Ladies 1s

Oxford Hawks welcomed National League Conference East side Hamstead and Westminster for their final mid season friendly before league actions restarts. Hawks started well, with some confident outletting and good interlinking moves up the pitch, but it was the London side who created the first chance, which was well saved by Jess Hughes. Hawks took the lead moments later after great work out the back from new signing Gemma Darrington released Kathryn Poulter, who drove brilliantly down the left. Her pinpoint point cross found Heather Francis who rolled strong; she slipped the ball to Lex Thomas who finished well past the keeper. H&W responded well and Hawks had to be on their toes to defend a number of penalty corners, but they held on to their lead well until half time.

In the second half Hawks played some beautiful hockey, with superb ball pace all over the pitch. Jo Tolson was on fine form up front causing the H&W defence all sorts of problems. However it was the away side who scored next, with a fine reverse stick strike from the top of the area which caught everyone off guard. Hawks continued to play good hockey and their persistence paid off minutes from the end, when a good ball from player of the match Darrington found Henri Gordon on the left. Gordon played the ball into Lex Thomas who turned well and won a penalty corner, which was duely converted, with Becky Odlin pouncing on the rebound after Darrington's initial strike was saved. A minute later the final whistle blew, leaving coach Andy Clark very happy with both the effort and performance from his side.  

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