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Ladies 4s hold strong against Oxford

01 October 2016, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Ladies' 4s 5 - 0 Oxford Ladies 4s

Strong team start with Jen scoring early from a crowded D due to quick movement and communication 1:0. Hawks held possession for the majority of the match and few breaks were made. However when they were defending long corners, were well disrupted with a well set press and WOman marking. The team did well not to over commit to some skilled on the ball players and waited it out until the opposition lost structure. Hawks bounced back from any challenges with a break and Caz typically quick stick worked her way through the Oxford defence, with a good final shot from Rachael, unfortunately saved. The next goal came from Rebecca's strike on goal from a long corner being converted into a short corner, unlucky whoever's foot that was. This time Rachael got her stick on a Catherine Rebecca stop and straight strike combo and scored with a deflection. 2:0. After another short Dizzy won the team a short with some niffty ball skills, managing to find a foot. Oxford picked up pase managing to break back. 
Then there may have been some scrambling bits near our goal which we don't need to go into much detail. After conceding a short the defence, if I do say so myself, ran out fast putting pressure on the striker meaning no straight strike on goal was found. Olivia quickly cleared the ball to safely. The teams triumph in the match I believe were the fast accurate passes in triangles which kept the position guessing whilst tiering them out. 
Another short was conceded as the ball was turned over and the Oxford attackers tactic seemed to be to charge along the back line until a foul was found. Again the short was shut down rapidly and the strike was off target as they tried a left slip. 
Back on the attack Maddie made an valiant effort too break the defence and her shot on goal was strengthened by a sneaky steal from Rachael running into the D from the back line. 3:0
Half time. 
Oxford started very defensive which made it hard to penetrate the last 25. Hawks maintained steady pressure, moving the ball around until a slot was seen through the crowds and the ball once again found Rebecca's walloping stick. 4:0  
Good quick one twos made links so the ball could be easily passed into Oxford's D 
Oxford eased and their strong press was weakening with 16's finding Dizzy with ease, at the other end of the pitch. Oxford started long hitting hoping for a break but Alex and the backs shut down any long runs in. Their attempts were in vain; Hawks quickly broke back on the left by Laura using simple skills to run the ball easily into the D. 5:0. 
Minor panic ensued as Oxford managed to reach the D and with Olivia on the floor after about 3 shots. Vital defending occurred as Chloe persisted her channeling and A goal line save was made by Charlotte shortly followed by the end of match whistle. Saved by the bell? 
The win was helped by fast passing, good vision and connecting the lead with an accurate pass. 
I believe it was an omen and that the God's must have been shinning on us as the clouds literally parted in order for us to play and the rain returned shortly after teas had finished. 
A very successful match was played with Rachael winning man of the match. Well Done all. 
Still ahead of the rest of the league field we must sustain effort and not become too complacent  

Thanks to Rachel Bellemy and Charlie Baggs for their excellent umpiring.

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