Oxford Hawks welcomed Gloucester City in their first National League game of the season and came away with only a point after a fascinating encounter. Hawks dominated possession for large portions of the game but struggled to convert, as the Gloucester defence held strong. The away side took the lead after fifteen minutes from the rebound on a penalty corner. This didn't dampen Hawks spirits and they continued to dominate possession but Gloucester held on until half time.
Hawks stepped up a gear at half time after firm words from coach Andy Clark, and levelled after five minutes from a penalty corner, Caro Harris smashing home a penalty corner. However they let their concentration slip and Gloucester took the lead again from a corner. During a period when Hawks went down to nine players Gloucester took advantage with a scrappy third, leaving the home side with an upward battle with fifteen minutes to play. They responded brilliantly and with five minutes to go, pulled the score back to 3-2 with another Harris strike. With seconds left on the clock they won yet another corner and to the delight of the home crowd Harris completed her hat trick to save a point for Hawks.