Hawks welcomed Aylesbury 1s to Banbury Road on a cold, soggy Saturday morning and from the off the away side exerted pressure, although Hawks played the ball round the back of the defence nicely. However, Hawks steadily grew into the game and won a corner in the 6th minute which Dizzy struck too high, but then Potter won another corner which was slipped left to Tiggy who slapped the ball onto the post for Holly to follow up and open the scoring. Aylesbury responded quickly and followed up their corner to equalise in the 13th minute. 1-1. Dizzy then had a neat deflection stick-saved but the As grew into the game and seemed to be able to drive down the middle of the park and have one or two open players unmarked in the D on several occasions. Evelyn made some great saves and kept us in it. Their no.12 dominated the game, although Sue Clark was equal to the task and parity was achieved at half time. However, 20-12 D penetrations in their favour showed their dominance.
Hawks started the second half the stronger but again, Aylesbury had a great chance to take the lead, but Mrs H saved again. Suddenly, Sue received the ball and found Becca who was impeded in her backswing and a rightful stroke was awarded. No-one appeared interested in taking it, so Sue manfully stepped up with her new stick to place it to the keeper's left with calm authority. 2-1. Again (!), the Ducks drove down the right, put it on a foot and won a corner; subsequently slipped left, the shot was well saved by Chloe but unfortunately she couldn't clear sufficiently and they slipped the ball home. 2-2. Aylesbury pressed and should have scored in the 16th and 19th minutes, Evelyn making another save, but after 26 minutes Tiggy drove down the left before being upended and won a short corner. A great corner routine followed with a nice 1-2 and Sienna finished off high into the net to take the lead 3-2. Aylesbury pressed and Izzy got a green card for her over-exuberance before they won several hits outside the D which resulted in an equaliser, much to the chagrin of Sue and Dizzy who made their objections clear in a pincer movement on the beleaguered umpire. In truth a draw was a fair result, but Hawks can be proud of a spirited display.