Oxford Hawks travelled into London to face national league newcomers Barnes. Hawks started superbly dominating the first 20 minutes with some outstanding passages of play. The pace of transfers and quality of connections caused the home side all sorts of problems, and Hawks took the lead after ten minutes. A good transfer ended with Sally Clark firing the ball into the area where Katie Lowe’s first time strike was well saved, but Lex Thomas was on hand to slot home the rebound. Hawks continued to push forward and almost doubled their lead as Thomas faced a 1-1 with the Barnes keeper but her effort was well saved. Hawks kept up the momentum and moments later the ball was lifted into Jo Tolson’s face in the D, leaving her with a hugely swollen cheek, but they were unable to take advantage of the resulting penalty corner. After 20 minutes the tide started to turn and Barnes found their rhythm. A break down the right with some neat passing hockey ended with their centre forward scoring with a simple first time finish. Moments later the home side took the lead with a well worked corner routine.
At half time some wise words from Nathan Monk gave Hawks renewed focus for the second period, but Barnes pressed the Hawks back line very effectively and the away side were grateful for a string of outstanding saves from player of the match Jess Hughes in goal. Sisters Row and Briony Hearn were on fine form, using great skill and distribution to work their way out of high pressure situations, but Hawks were unable to get the equaliser they were looking for, and the clock ran down to give the home side the points.