On a crisp and sunny day, Oxford Hawks Ladies 3s travelled to Iffley Road to play against Oxford University in a game of two distinct halves. The game started at a fair pace, with Oxford Uni appearing more drilled that the first half of the season. The Hawks defenders were under pressure from the outset, however, Hawks held the sustained pressure for some time, playing some lovely inter-linking hockey at times. Unfortunately, un-forced errors allowed Oxford Uni to gain control of the game, scoring a goal. This first goal unsettled Hawks a little whilst giving Oxford Uni more confidence which meant the University girls were first to the ball for the next period of play. The rest of the first half saw Oxford Uni score three more unspectacular goals leaving the scoreline 4-0 at half time.
With no coach, Hawks had a stern yet productive amongst themselves at half time, seeking to alter their strategy for the second half. This paid off with a 0-0 score for the second half of the game. Hawks neatly passed the ball around the tiring University girls, capitalised on their errors and had many chances. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on Hawk’s side with shots narrowly sailing past the cross bar and one excellent effort that hit the post. Despite a huge work rate, the goals didn’t come, but it did demonstrate that Hawks Ladies 3’s can play some outstanding hockey against a good side. A 4-0 loss didn’t reflect the game, but luckily Hawks are safe in the league for next year so the game provided some critical things to work on for next season.