On a rare Sunday fixture, Oxford Hawks made the short journey into Berkshire to play Reading, relegated last season from the Premier League. Both teams observed the Remembrance Sunday minute's silence before pushback, and it was Hawks who came out strongly dominating possession in the first few minutes. However they were caught on the break and were undone by a deft touch from a Reading forward who deflected past Hawks keeper Jess Hughes. Hawks responded positively and almost levelled when Lucy Stewart played the ball through to Becky Odlin, but her sliding shot forced the keeper into a good save. After 17 minutes, Reading won their first corner and doubled their lead when they slotted home from a nicely disguised pass.
The second half resumed and Hawks suffered a blow with only seconds on the clock where Reading scored again on the break. Still full of belief, Hawks began to have much more territory and asserted more pressure onto Reading. Lex Thomas, playing against her sister Emma, received the ball on the right and drove forward, bursting into the D where she cut back the ball into the danger zone. Man of the Match Katie Lowe duly dispatched the ball into the goal with a touch of class. Hawks continued to apply pressure on Reading however were unable to cut open the defence, and Reading sealed the points by adding a fourth goal near the end.
Annabelle Denly, Abi Flory, Henri Gordon, Caro Harris, Rowena Hearn, Jess Hughes, Katie Lowe, Bex Oakes, Becky Odlin, Catherine Reaney, Sandra Roche, Lucy Stewart, Emily Taylor, Alexa Thomas, Jo Tolson
Player of the match: Katie Lowe
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