Once we had retrieved all our players from their sightseeing tour around the Astroturfs of Oxford (cough cough Lucy and Megan) an upbeat team talk from birthday girl and Captain, Siese, left the Mighty 3s raring to go against local rivals Oxford 2s.
Hawks started strongly, and skilful transfers and out-letting by ‘Team D’, Lucy, Nicky, Kim and Megan, allowed quick connecting passing up the pitch. Excellent complementary leads from inners Rosie and Megan along with forwards Lizzie, Poppy and Emma broke up Oxfords defence, and Hawks were able to put continual pressure on Oxford’s 25, but were unsuccessful in penetrating the crowded Oxford D. Both Hawks and Oxford were aggressive on the attack, and as a result the ball was rapidly switching ends. Oxford were quick to take advantage of this, and following an interception of the ball from Hawks in their own 25, Oxford drove at Hawk’s D, and as a result of some unfortunate miscommunication between Hawks defence, Oxford managed to sneak the ball on Hawk’s backboard. Keeping their heads up, Hawks were quick to respond, however, and excellent leading by the tireless Merrick in midfield, and MOM Giorgia up front lead to an equaliser from Hawks. As expected, Oxford came back hard, and following continual pressure were awarded a string of short corners. GK Linda made a number of exceptional saves, but an Oxford player managed to break free from Oxford defence at the top of the D, and received a slip ball which was placed accurately into the bottom corner. 2-1 at half time.
Hawks continued the pressure in the second half, and great connective play, and a strike from the top of the D from new 3’s player, and joint MOM, Poppy, lead to another goal for Hawks. As always, Oxford were quickly on the counter attack and catching Hawks on the back-foot, managed to slip another goal past Hawks, making it 3-2. For the final 10 minutes, Oxford switched from an offensive, to a defensive strategy, packing all 11 players behind the ball, and making hard work of any Hawks advances. This did not deter the determined Hawks players, who dug deep and continually worked for the equalising goal, unfortunately however, the clock was not on our side, and Hawks were forced to leave empty handed.