Isca made the long journey from Exeter up to Banbury Road North and went home empty handed after a strong display from the home side. It wasn't plain sailing my any means, with Hawks goalkeeper Jess Hughes deservedly winning the Player of the Match award after a string of top class saves. The first half saw action at both ends, with Hawks coming close to scoring when Jo Tolson narrowly missed a deflection at the far post. It wasn't until the second half when the game started to really open up with some great flowing moves from the home side leading to a number of good chances, but each time they we thwarted by a good save or a strong last ditch tackle. Kathryn Poulter finally broke the deadlock after 50minutes when she was first to a rebound and cleverly slotted past the keeper with her reverse stick. Hawks pressed for another and had a number of penalty corners but were unable to convert, and the last ten minutes were a tense affair as Isca did threaten the Hawks goal but again Hughes was on unbeatable form and the defence cleared well. In the last minute, after another Hughes save, Hawks broke quickly, and a lovely passing move ended with Sophie Shakespeare with the ball at the top of the area, who turned and fired past the keeper with her reverse stick. Hawks now go into the winter break very happy with their last performance and full of confidence for the second half of the season.