After spending what seemed like most of the last two months on the road Hawks were glad to find themselves lining out at BRN. The visitors, Olton & West Warwicks, were sitting only a point above them in the league but came into the fixture off the back of their first win of the season.
The opening exchanges were an even affair with chances at both ends. With the Hawks forwards testing the visiting keeper and man of the match Jess Hughes being kept busy in the Hawks goal it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. However, unfortunately it was the visitors that took the lead; converting a penalty corner 20 minutes in. The remainder of the first half followed much the same pattern with Hawks ruing a number of missed chances and some solid defence at the other end keeping Olton out.
Still a goal behind and despite a number of decisions not going their way the home side continued to hold their shape and stick to the game plan. Their discipline finally paid off and with ten minutes to play Hawks pulled level after an Annabelle Denly shot from a penalty corner found the backboard.
Hawks were definitely on top at this stage and within three minutes found themselves ahead for the first time - Caro Harris’ initial penalty corner strike was saved but Catherine Reaney was first to the rebound. The lead, however, was short lived as within a minute of the restart Olton drew level with a deflection at the back post.
With all still to play for in the final five minutes and with Hawks in the ascendency they thought they’d scored the winner only for the decision to be controversially overturned and the goal disallowed. Not to be deterred Hawks continued to attack; winning a penalty corner on the final whistle however they were unable to convert.