Oxford Hawks welcomed Olton to BRN for their first National League game after the winter break. Olton started well putting the Hawks defence under early pressure, but some fine defending from Becky Hibbert kept them out, with some outstanding tackles at key moments. The home side thought they had a penalty stroke midway through the half as the umpire deemed that there was an Olton foot on the line, but after lengthy discussion with her colleague the decision was overruled. Shortly before half time, Olton took the lead. A well struck penalty corner was saved well by keeper Jess Hughes, but an Olton striker pounced on the rebound to convert high into the roof of the net.
After half time Hawks faced another set back, as Olton broke down the right and played a pinpoint cross to their centre forward who took just one touch to slot the ball into the corner of the Hawks goal. The home side did not get their heads down however, and their response was exceptional, with wave after wave of maroon attack on the Olton goal. Their pressure paid off when player of the game Ella Cusack played a superb reverse stick cross into the area where Katie Hewitt cleverly deflected past the keeper. Moments later, Hawks struck again, with a perfect corner routine ending with Cusack scoring her first ever goal for Hawks, much to the delight of the home crowd. The home side continued to push for the winner but solid defending kept them out, and in fact Hawks were reliant on a superb late save from Hughes to ensure they got a point from the game. Plenty of positives to take from the game, although frustration not to have all three points. Hawks travel west to face University of Bristol in their game next weekend.