Oxford Hawks made the long journey down to Exeter to open their national league campaign against ISCA. Hawks looked shaky from the start struggling to get the ball out of their half and called on GK Jess Hudson to make a string of fine saves to keep them in the game. The home side finally took the lead with a well taken mid air deflection. Hawks were grateful for the half time whistle fortunate to be only 1-0 down.
Lifted by a motivational talk from coach Andy Clark, they came out a different side in the second half. Briony Hearn, 17 on her debut for Hawks was in commanding form at fullback pairing well with Kirsty Chapman. Somewhat against the run of play ISCA doubled their lead when a tackle from Hudson was deemed to have taken the attackers stick before the ball and a stroke was duly awarded and despatched. Hawks responded well and with 10 mins left scored a well worked corner with Emily Court taking the final touch. Some strong work in midfield from Lucy Stewart resulted in a second corner which was perfectly executed culminating in a second goal for Court. Chasing for the winning goal it was too little too late and the points were shared.