On a cold and wet Saturday morning Hawks made the short journey to Headington Girls School to play local rivals Oxford in what was their last friendly before the league restarted. The main aim was not about winning (obviously that would be a bonus) but to put in a solid performance and to get everyone re-focused before next weekend.
Hawks started the game well, making great leads, connections, keeping possession and putting the Oxford goalkeeper under lots of pressure but they were sadly unable to convert any chances they had. Feeling confident, having kept Hawks at bay, Oxford started applying their own pressure on the Hawks defence but they stood strong and some great defending all round kept them out and at half time the score was 0-0.
After some wise words from Kit Cutter at half time Hawks came out again the stronger of the two teams creating many chances but still unable to convert. After absorbing some attacking play from Oxford, Hawks had a break away down the left hand side. A lovely ball from Abbie to Emma who was at the top of the D, took on two players before calmly slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. 1-0 Hawks. Both teams continued to apply pressure for the rest of the half but some fabulous save from Man of the Match Millie kept the score 1-0 to Hawks at the final whistle.
Overall a great performance from the ladies 2’s. There are things still to work on in training but this was the perfect game to finish on before the league starts next week away in Milton Keynes.