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Ladies’ 5 start league season with a 1-3 defeat to Oxford 5s

24 September 2016, 10:00, Oxford Brookes

Ladies' 5s 1 - 3 Oxford Ladies 5s

Perhaps a victory was always going to be against the odds as Pip was first to arrive in the Oxford Brookes changing rooms having invariably been the last to arrive last season. But as we were told our team positions and colour coded subbing routine by Captain Susan the Ladies 5s welcomed those new to league hockey at Hawks – Rachel, Alice P and Alice M – and headed out into the autumn sunshine ready to take on Oxford 5s. At least this week we had some subs! From the start Oxford looked the more organised squad and were soon on the attack but goal keeper Maya and defenders Susan, Phil and Buffy were more than a match for them and the pressure soon moved to the Hawks attacking end. Pip, Sherene, Linda and Lotty all had their chances but again and again were frustrated not to score by some excellent saves from the Oxford keeper. With support from the inners Alice P and Holly and midfielders Issie, Rachel and Alice M the ball kept returning into the Oxford D leaving Maya a distant spectator at the other end.
Occasionally Oxford broke out of defence and against the run of play were awarded a short corner. With the first strike saved Hawks were unlucky not to clear the ball as the rebound fell to an Oxford stick and the second shot went goal ward bound. 1-0 to Oxford. Hawks continued to press but half-time came with no further goals from either side.
The second half started with Alice P, Lotty and Pip making some great runs up the right hand side with frequent crosses sent across the D to the waiting Linda and Sherene but no matter where the strike came from the Oxford keeper made save after save to deny Hawks any equaliser. Even Hawks short corner routines (as they are) couldn’t get the ball into the goal. As in the first half it was an Oxford long ball break out of defence that found a goal-hanging attacker and despite Maya’s best efforts resulted in their 2nd goal. Not to be outdone Hawks soon had their own long ball opportunity  when a pass from Phil to Issie then found Linda in her own 1 on 1 situation and for once the Oxford keeper was unable to prevent Hawks from getting their 1st league goal of the season. With the clock ticking and Hawks pressing forward trying to get the equaliser, it was Oxford who had another lucky break and made the right connections to score their third goal. The final whistle blew with no further score from either side. A 1-3 win to Oxford but without their keeper it could have been such a different story.
MOM went to Alice P
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