After a couple of too eager and too early arrivals, the Blues made it to the correct venue. Having steamed up A46 thanks to Becca May (Hey hey Becca May Hey hey Becca May), without a break - well done May Martin. Bemused by the community pitch, beside the crown bowling green and tired by the schlep of the journey, the Blues needed to focus. Incensed by the injustice of the result at home, last term, they were determined to settle the score.
They started strong with a dangerous attack straight from the kick off and a threatening out swinging corner from Hannah Ringheim. Lincoln were a physical side but Oxford took control of the game, with many dangerous runs in behind from Katie Plummer. Jordan Isaacs, native New Yorker and Smith's College Captain, made her debut in style, burning past defenders with her incredible speed.
Within the first twenty minutes, Jordan, finding herself on the edge of the box, stepped effortlessly passed the defender to slot the ball past the keeper, scoring her first goal for the Blues.
Not long after, she made it two. Another excellent corner from Hannah, dropped on the edge of the six yard box. Sent towards the goal by Caz Ward and finally finished off by Isaacs, the Blues extended their lead.
But, Lincoln threatened more in the final 15 of the half with the possession more evenly split. Lincoln, even breaking on the Blues a few times. Oxford battled well though, with Claudia and Louise cleaning up any dangers.
Chantal and Becca also looked at home in midfield, finding Jordan's feet and linking up with the wings well.
Collectively the team didn't shy away from any challengers and more than stood up to their bigger and certainly more fouled mouthed rivals. Their efforts paying off and seeing them to half time two up.
The game resumed with the Blues under pressure. It required much creativity from Hannah, Maddie and Louise to get the Blues out from the back.
Again the Blues stood up to the physicality of the game, crunching every challenge and finding an out let in Mary, now playing as the number 9.
Kirsten Morehouse, from the opposite coast of US and recently recovered from an ACL injury, also took to the field for her Oxford Blues debut. Fitting in nicely to midfield and playing some cute passes and nice touches.
In a grand change for the Blues, they successfully defended not one but two corners, the second majestically dealt with by a flying header from Claudia Hill.
Oxford held it to 90 minutes, digging in to make those last tackles and passes. Lucy Balazs, having run endlessly up and down the right flank all game, didn't appear to tire in the slightest.
With the final whistle, the BLues secured their first league win of the season! Continuing their recent run of form and starting Hilary in style.