Slough travelled over to Oxford for an eagerly anticipated first friendly of the season for the home side. Slough, now moved to the National League Conference East due to geographical realignment by England Hockey, were without their internationals who were competing in the EuroHockey, but still brought a strong squad over to BRN. They went 2-0 up early on, but the home side soon settled and built some promising attacks of their own, despite the increasing temperatures. In the third quarter Hawks pulled a goal back after great work down the right ended with a beautiful reverse stick strike from debutant Lyndsey Whyte which flew into the net. Slough restored their two goal advantage moments later, however there was still plenty of action left in the final quarter. Hawks scored again through Jo Tolson, which was then cancelled out by a swift Slough reply to make the score 4-2. However Abi Flory had the last word scoring a brace, with her final goal being a stunning diving interception of a Slough pass across the back. A well contested first friendly with good debuts from a number of new players.