Oxford Hawks took on close rivals Gloucester in their second league game since the winter break. Hawks started well with good patience round the back, while Gloucester looked set to half court press. Hawks' intention to move the ball around did not pay off with some mistrapped balls leading to a number of counter attacks by the visitors. A fast break and subsequent overload saw Gloucester pass the ball well leading to their first goal, a cross from the right finished well by their centre forward.
Hawks reset with great leads from the midfield puncturing the Gloucester press. However a hopeful ball crossed into the D connected with a Gloucester player who managed to deflect the ball into the roof of the net, giving them a two goal lead at half time.
Coach Andy Clark's team talk refocused the efforts and saw Hawks come out strong in the second half demonstrating the dominant hockey that the team are capable of. Hawks piled on the pressure with some fantastic attacking play, seeing man of the match Sophie Shakespeare winning successive short corners. Despite 12 short corners it was not to be Hawks' day as the Gloucester keeper kept out everything the home side threw at her. Disappointed with the result but proud of the second half performance in particular, Hawks will travel to Bristol Firebrands next weekend hoping to build on the positive aspects of their game.