Oxford Hawks headed to Harrow, an unfamiliar foe, following an impressive dismantling of West Hampstead in the previous weeks match. In a a cagey opening to the game both teams enjoyed spells of possession but failed to carve out any clear cut goal scoring chances. Despite some frustrating moments and decisions Hawks remained patient and continued to build into the game, taking greater control of the match and slowly but surely piling the pressure on the Harrow defence. Buoyed by some sustained pressure in the attacking half, Hawks won a succession of penalty corners but were unfortunately unable to convert. It took a moment of inspiration from Kathryn to break the deadlock as she received the ball on the half way line and seemed to glide through the retreating Harrow defence before coolly and calmly slotting the ball beyond the helpless keeper. 1-0 to Hawks at half time.
With a greater sense of urgency and determination, Hawks took to the field for the second half and instantly picked up where they left off, expertly transferring the ball around the back and picking out the gaps to play the ball through to the midfield and forward lines. Man of the match and 2's debutante Emma looked dangerous in and around the D and a period of high pressure was rewarded with another Hawks penalty corner. Despite the corner not going entirely to plan, quick thinking by April ensured that the ball still ended up in back of the goal to give Hawks a 2-0 lead which was a far better reflection of the match. Hawks continued to push forward true to their cut throat style and searched for even more goals. Harrow were limited to long ball hockey which was easily contained by the Hawks back line. Although they were unable to add to the scoring, Hawks ended the match feeling entirely satisfied with a thoroughly professional performance which keeps them top of the league as we hurtle toward the Christmas break!!