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Ladies' 1s lose out to Stourport in last few minutes

17 September 2016, 12:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Ladies' 1s 1 - 2 Stourport Ladies 1s

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Oxford Hawks started their National League campaign with a tough opening fixture against Stourport. Hawks features a number of players making their National League debuts, including Row Hearn on her 15th birthday, the minimum age for players, making her very likely to be the youngest ever player to feature in the history of the league. The away side started the stronger and forced Hawks keeper Mim Pritchard in to a couple of early saves, but they made the breakthrough midway through the half when a testing ball across the area was deflected into the Hawks goal off a defender's foot. The home side reacted well and looked threatening with some strong drives down the right, but strong defending from Stourport winning a number of key 50-50s prevented Hawks from levelling.

In the second half Hawks got more into their stride, and were rewarded when Hearn intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch, and drove strongly forwards past a number of Stourport players. She played a clever ball forwards which was well deflected by Claire Werlinger into the corner of the goal. However Stourport came back well and didn't allow Hawks to play flowing hockey by breaking down play and giving them no time on the ball, and eventually took the lead with fifteen minutes left on the clock. Hawks pushed everything forwards for the reminder of the game but were unable to create clear cut chances and Stourport held on to take the three points.

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