Oxford Hawks made the short journey westwards to open their national league campaign against Gloucester City. Hawks started confidently and possession was evenly shared throughout the first half. Hawks almost scored through Lex Thomas after lovely work from Becky Odlin and Jess Amps, however it was Gloucester who took the lead with a breakaway goal just before the half time break.
In the second half the game became very scrappy with possession changing hands constantly. Hawks were grateful to keeper Jess Hughes for a number of top class saves which kept them in the game. Briony Hearn was in fine form in the midfield but Hawks were unable to take control of the game and the clock counted down to give Gloucester all three points.