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Ladies 1s lose in last few minutes to East Grinstead

16 September 2017

Ladies' 1s 4 - 5 East Grinstead Ladies 1s

Oxford Hawks travelled to the National Stadium at the Olympic Park for the annual Plum Tournament, the final pre-season games before their National League campaign starts next weekend. On Saturday they had two games - first up was Prem side East Grinstead. After an energetic warm up from Becky Hibbert the game started a little frenetically with Hawks trying to capitalise on their advantage with East Grinstead not having a goalkeeper. With some high speed attacks and slightly tentative start Hawks found themselves 3-0 down. After a well worked attack Hawks were awarded a corner which was well struck from the top by Caro Harris. This lifted Hawks into the half time team talk. Hawks started the second half with some excellent attacks from Katie Lowe and some more proactive team defending. The reward came when Jo Tolson drove into the D and took an early shot at goal which EG were unable to keep out. The next goal came from an excellent dispossession from Bex Oakes who passed the ball out wide to Lex Thomas. The ball was crossed into the D and Claire Werlinger deflected the ball on her reverse into the goal. From the restart EG attacked forwards and despite some excellent defending from Emily Taylor and Caro Harris they scored a fourth goal. Hawks responded well though, when the ball was passed to Heather Francis at the top of the D who shot at goal and Claire Werlinger repeated her reverse stick deflection. This meant the score was 4-4 and all was left to play for, and Hawks had to rely on goalkeeper Jess Hughes keeping them in the game with some excellent saves. However with a few minutes left of the game EG continued the attack and managed to find a deflection into the goal and left little time for Hawks to continue their come back. 

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