The M1's travelled to the University of Bath on Sunday to take on an experienced Bath Buccs side in what was anticipated to be a tough encounter in National League Conference West. Bath have been regular top three finishers in Conference in recent years and so this game was going to provide a realistic measure of Hawks’ progress since promotion from South Prem last season. The game started at a quick pace with both sides jostling for early possession. Although Hawks generally held their own, Bath used their experience to good effect when chances came their way and scored two goals midway through the first half, the second from a softly conceded penalty corner. Hawks continued to press but lacked the necessary penetration and creativity around the circle to trouble the Bath defence. Nevertheless, despite reaching the half time break two goals in arrears, Hawks felt that they were still very much in the game. Hawks resumed brightly after the break and set the tone for the second half, which was to see them enjoy the lion’s share of possession and territory. Within four minutes of the restart Kit Cutter reduced the arrears with a typically dogged finish but it took an outstanding save from keeper George Oyebode to ensure that Hawks kept their hosts within touching distance. Parity was finally established midway through the half when a worked penalty corner routine fell for Freddie Foster to score his first goal for the Club, finishing deftly from one yard out. Hawks finished the game strongly and looked the more likely team to grab the winner. But a draw was a very satisfactory result from a difficult game, especially when coming from two goals behind. Good character was shown by all players, but there is more to come from an improving squad.