Oxford Hawks travelled over to Bristol looking for a win which would guarantee them safety in the EHL Conference West, but came away with a hard-earned draw which leaves all to play for next weekend. Hawks had the perfect start, earning a corner within the first five minutes which Takara Haines slammed into the corner of the goal. However it was certainly not one-way traffic, as Firebrands played some good hockey creating a number of corners and chances of their own. Outstanding defending from skipper Bex Oakes and tracking back from the forwards ensured they took the lead into the half time interval.
However after the break Firebrands came out with renewed energy, and levelled the game after only 24 seconds, driving through the middle and scrambling the ball over the line in a goalmouth scuffle. This didn’t shake Hawks however who maintained focus, with Hie Sawyer on fine form up front and Abi Flory working exceptionally hard both supporting the defence and in attack. They earned a number of corners, with Haines only narrowly wide with one effort, but it was a nailbiting game for both sides as chances came and went at both ends. Eventually the final whistle blew, leaving a point a-piece, meaning Hawks must win at home to Cheltenham next weekend to avoid the play-offs and guarantee their place in the National League for next year.