Oxford Hawks seem to be making a habit of second half come backs, as they came back from 2-0 down against second place Stourport to earn a point.
Playing under lights in the 6pm fixture, Hawks faced some early pressure from a strong and physical Stourport side, who pressed the back four well. Stourport took the lead after twenty minutes when they drove down the right and finished well from a tight angle. They extended their lead ten minutes later when a quick break down the left ended with a goalmouth scramble and the ball was bundled into the back of the net. Hawks did manage to put some lovely passing moves together but were unable to really test the keeper in the first half, with the Stourport defence making some exceptional tackles at the needed time.
The second half was a different story. Buoyed by their 4-0 comeback against Sutton Coldfield the previous week, Hawks knew that 2-0 was certainly not game over. They came out and dominated the first twenty minutes, with superb confident hockey all over the pitch, Lucy Millington being on fine form at the back. They pulled a goal back after a fine move starting in defence on the right, with the ball switched brilliantly over to the left where Lex Thomas drove down the flank and played a pinpoint cross to the diving Katie Hewitt who finished first time past the keeper. Minutes later Ella Cusack robbed a Stourport defender and powered into the area. Her pass found Kathryn Poulter who calmly rounded the keeper with her first touch and pushed the ball into the empty goal. Angered by this comeback, Stourport pushed for the winner and earned some penalty corners of their own, but it was nothing the Hawks defence couldn't handle, as the clock ran down with the final score at 2-2.
Hawks face Bristol Firebrands in their last game next weekend, a 2pm pushback at Banbury Road North.