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Ladies' 1s battle it out at Buckingham

05 November 2016, 12:00, Stowe School

Ladies' 1s 0 - 1 Buckingham Ladies 1s

Oxford Hawks made the short journey north to face Buckingham, and ended up on the losing side despite one of their better performances of the season to date. Buckingham started the stronger, but some sterling defending by the whole Hawks back line ensured that the scoreline remained goalless. Jess Hughes in the Hawks goal made some fine saves, and Emily Taylor made some outstanding tackles and was extremely disciplined in her marking resulting in the home side not being able to take the lead. Towards the end of the half Hawks settled and created some fine attacks of their own, but were denied by a combination of good saves and last ditch Buckingham tackles.

In the second half Hawks continued where they left off with player of the match Gemma Darrington in commanding form, being at the hub of a number of outstanding moves. The game started to open up with chances and corners coming at both ends, but it was a day for the defences as both sides demonstrated outstanding form at the back. Much to the disappointment of the away side, Buckingham opened the scoring with 9 minutes left on the clock, breaking down the middle and finishing well at the near post. Despite Hawks pushing hard for the equaliser, the clock ran down leaving Hawks empty handed, but full of confidence after their performance.

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