Oxford Hawks returned to winning ways with a professional performance against title chasing St Albans. They started strongly, confidently holding possession, but were not able to convert possession into chances, with the majority of the game being played in the middle area of the pitch. However after twenty minutes, Abi Flory changed the game, with a brilliant turn on the half way line, followed by a strong drive down the left. She reached the area and then delivered a pin point reverse stick cross which was turned in by Katie Hewitt, diving in at the far post. Becky Odlin almost doubled the score moments later, when a defensive slip let her in for a one on one, however a fantastic save from the goalkeeper kept her out.
In the second half Hawks did extend their lead with a clever breakaway goal. Bex Oakes dispossessed the St Albans centre midfield on the halfway line, and intelligent interplay between Oakes and Lex Thomas ended in the ball reaching Odlin at the top of the area, who struck early, catching the goalkeeper unawares. St Albans responded well, winning a number of penalty corners, but fantastic defending from full backs Takara Haines and Kirsty Chapman kept them out. The clock ticked down for a well deserved win, leaving the girls full of confidence going into their last three games.
Thanks to Clive Jones for the photos.