Oxford Hawks Ladies' 1s journeyed south to face mid-table Basingstoke on a cold and wet afternoon. Hawks started brilliantly, creating a number of good chances in the first few minutes, but the home keeper made a number of good early saves. Hawks dominated the first quarter, with player of the match Caro Harris on great form. However they were not able to convert, and then fell behind early in the second quarter against the run of play, when Basingstoke converted a penalty corner. Basingstoke gradually grew into the game, but play was then stopped for some time due to a nasty injury to a Basingstoke player, and then stopped shortly after the restart due to a strong hailstorm. Hawks took the opportunity to reset and regained control of the game for the rest of the first half, but were unable to level proceedings.
From the second half pushback the Basingstoke centre forward ran with the ball and scored an individual goal, much to the disappointment of the away side. However, with a whole half ahead of them Hawks didn’t give up, and controlled the majority of the game. The Basingstoke keeper continued to make a number of good saves, and it wasn’t until ten minutes from time when she was beaten, when Bex Oakes converted a penalty stroke resulting from a foot on the line. Hawks threw everything forward for the remains of the game but time ticked down leaving them extremely frustrated, but they now build towards their game against Oxford University next weekend.