Swansea made the long journey over to BRN to face Oxford Hawks in their National League Conference West encounter. Hawks started well, settling straight into the game and playing some lovely passing hockey. Missing young star Ella Cusack due to illness, the versatile Lucy Millington stepped into centre midfield and had an outstanding game, using her skills to get out of a number of potentially tricky situations. Swansea created chances but Hawks keeper Jess Hughes dealt with them well, and the Hawks back line defended brilliantly against Swansea's slick penalty corners. It was Swansea who opened the scoring, when they drove down the right and crossed for their centre forward to deflect in.
In the second half, Hawks came out all guns blazing and played some of their best hockey of the season, with Gemma Darrington, back from injury, on fine form. Swansea only got in the Hawks D once in the first twenty minutes, as the home side dominated possession. They deservedly levelled from a corner when Millington's rebound strike rattled the crossbar, and Katie Lowe and her lightening reflexes were on hand to volley in off the bar. Millington came close to giving Hawks the lead moments later but her strike struck the inside of the post and came back across the face of goal and was cleared well. The game took a dramatic turn ten minutes from the end as the umpires started to show cards, and at one point Hawks were down to nine and were put under huge pressure by the visitors. In the dying seconds Swansea won a penalty corner but much to the delight of the home crowd, Hughes saved well and the ball was cleared. An outstanding game of hockey for all to watch, with the point meaning Hawks maintain their fifth spot in the league.
Thanks to Clive Jones for the photos.