It was an early start for Hawks at home against Bicester as they prepared for what they knew would be a tougher battle than the previous 8-0 victory they had achieved in their last encounter.
Hawks started strongly and with the first attack of the game, inner Harriet dribbled to the base line and pulled back to Captain Lizzie. Lizzie forced a good save from the Bicester keeper, only for Harriet to knock in the rebound. 3 minutes in and Hawks were 1-0 up and it looked like it could be another big result.
The early goal seemed to wake the visitors up and the game switched to a much more even state of affairs. Hawks however were the more dominant of the two teams and but for a goal-line save from a Bicester defender, Lizzie would have seen the lead doubled.
Just before half time, an unforced error at the back led to a short which although Bicester made a mess of the first shot, they reacted more quickly than the Hawks defence and swept in from close range.
Hawks went in at half time with the score at 1-1 and were frustrated that despite being the better team, the score line didn't reflect their work rate.
Some sensible half time words from Andy rallied the home side who knew that they could run Bicester ragged in the second half. Hawks went out firing and great link up play between the inners and forwards resulted in two quick open play goals from Lizzie and Gabs. Hawks were back on top and with the comfortable lead, were able to play more possession hockey with great distribution from Katie in the middle and man of the match Nicky from the back.
A break from Bicester, with 10 minutes to go and a great finish from their young forward into the roof of the net, left Hawks a little nervous at 3-2. Almost immediately after the restart, Hawks were back at the attacking end of the pitch and great work from Laura and Kath gave Hawks a short. This time there was no defender on the line to stop Lizzie's strike and 4-2 is how the final score would stay.
Although they didn't play their best hockey at times, Hawks managed to convincingly beat what was a much more physical team and look forward to going to bottom of the league Wokingham next week.