After beating ISCA Ladies' 1s rise to third
23 November 2013, 12:00, Banbury Road North (Near)
Ladies' 1s 2 - 1 Isca Ladies 1s
Oxford Hawks started the day level on points with their visitors from Exeter. ISCA started positively from the first whistle, trying to pen the home side into their own half, and almost took the lead when their centre forward had a clear view of an open goal; however a last gasp deflection from Clare King kept the ball out. The first half was a generally even affair with action at both ends, but the game remained goalless until moments from the end of the half, when superb play from Kirsty Chapman at the back released Charlotte Crampton-Smith, who laid the ball off to Kathryn Poulter. Poulter drove round the back of the ISCA defence, and wrong footed the keeper as she slipped the ball in at the near post from a tight angle.
In the second half Hawks enjoyed more possession, and extended their lead as Emily Court converted the rebound from a penalty corner with her reverse stick. The home side almost scored again moments later, but the ball was deflected up in the air and was agonisingly close to crossing the line, but was well cleared by the visiting defence. Five minutes from the end, ISCA pulled one back with a well executed penalty corner routine, and they applied considerable pressure on the Hawks defence in the dying minutes. However it was all too little too late as the home side held on, lifting them to third in the table.