Forget Borg/McEnroe, Mayweather/ Pacquiao or Prost/Senna, this was the big one Oxford Hawks vs Banbury! The prize.... the title of “The Premier Club in Oxfordshire!”
The variable micro-climate of Hawks’ home ground offered up the perfect day for hockey. The game started with Banbury applying pressure on the Hawks goal and only for a few fantastic saves from Chris Price the scores remained 0-0 after 10 minutes. Tensions were high but the deadlock was broken when Banbury took the lead with an easy circle entry and good finish from goal machine Harry Loxton. Hawks were quick to response and before the half time break Matthew Wood scrabbled the ball into the back of the Banbury net to bring it back to all square, 1-1.
Hawks came out really looking to soar high. Sticking to the game plan meticulously thought out by Imran, they pushed on winning several short corners which Jack Biggs converted, 2-1. The goal was quickly followed by another from Wood to give Hawks the valuable cushion, 3-1. The yellow cards were flowing, and at one point the match was reduced to a 9 a side game.
Loxton scored a second to bring the difference back to 1 in Hawks’ favour. Although it wasn't long before that man Wood completed his hat-trick to restore the two goal lead, 4-2. Biggs converted another short corner with a pin point flick putting the game to bed, 5-2. Hawks very much in the driving seat still pushed for more goals and an unlikely 'hero' Oli Watts guided the ball into the back of the net after Ben Roe's backhand flash into the D. Celebrations were short lived, with match officials claiming dangerous play. Not only was the goal disallowed but Watts was given a 10 minutes on the heavily occupied naughty step.
The next phase saw Sam Chilvers with some good stick work win a penalty flick, which of course Biggs converted to claim his hat-trick and three points for Hawks.
The final whistle blew, Hawks win 6-2.
Author Oli Watts