Oxford Hawks travelled all the way to Exeter for the first game of a double header weekend to play Isca. Isca started the game brightly, and put Hawks under pressure with their direct attacking play and very speedy runners. Hawks had keeper Jess Hughes to thank for keeping them in the game with a couple of great saves. Isca managed to take the lead when the ball took a massive deflection from outside the 25 and looped into the D, falling kindly to an Isca forward to score. Hawks kept fighting and gradually worked their way back into the game, with some silky skills from Henri Gordon winning a short corner at the end of the first half. Unfortunately Hawks couldn't take advantage of the opportunity and Hawks went into the break 1-0 down.
In the second half, Hawks started strongly and kept up the pressure winning another short corner, which was converted by Catherine Reaney with a well taken deflection. The game was now very even, with the next goal being crucial. Sadly, it was Isca who scored from a turnover high up the pitch, resulting in a 2-on-1 with the keeper. Hawks never gave up, but in quick succession, Isca scored again from a well taken penalty corner strike.
Hawks continued to create chances but were unable to capitalise on some great attacking play and strong running through the middle of the pitch from man of the match Abi Flory. Isca finished the scoring with a well taken backhand finish.
A long journey home, cheered up by the news that other results had gone in Hawks favour. All to play for in the last match of the season against Olton the following day. Massive thanks for all the messages of support from across the club, and to all the parents, Rogan Meadows & former Hawks player Alex Bullied for cheering us on during the game.
Annabelle Denly, Abi Flory, Henri Gordon, Caro Harris, Rowena Hearn, Becky Hibbert, Jess Hughes, Kara Kerr, Katie Lowe, Kathryn Poulter, Catherine Reaney, Emily Taylor, Alexa Thomas, Jo Tolson, Poppy Webb
Player of the match: Abi Flory
|Catherine Reaney||Penalty Corner||39'|