Hawks 6ths prepared with enthusiasm with new faces Hamish Ferguson and Aaron Tyler-Chamberlain and some older faces returning to the fold in Rory Bowden and Chris Hutton.
In a 15 minute spell where Hawks could not find their feet and huffed and puffed, Oxford achieved a rare record by scoring 4 short corners from 4 awarded short corners. Two of which were deflected into the roof of the net by the unlucky defender.
OJ Webb did at least give a glimmer of hope with a well taken strikers goal as he slid the ball under the goal keeper when finding a great position in the D.
Matt Brook, Alex Bush and Freddie Honeyman then began to assert themselves in midfield and with Hamish Ferguson and Aaron Tyler-Chamberlain linking well on the right channel Hawks took the game to Oxford. Skipper Dawson finished well at a short corner and then the move of the match saw Freddie Honeyman ghost into the left and when found by Brook his sublime pass enabled the pace of Richard Walsh to finish from close range after beating the goal keeper.
A further brace from Dawson as he linked with Dawson jnr and Hutton on the left gave Hawks the lead and the win was secured after several excellent saves from Jim 'The Cat' Felix in goal including 2 from close range and one diving clearance and stick save where the Oxford player was turning in expectation of acknowledging a goal.
A good win and the squad are looking forward to the season league opener against also against Oxford.