The M1's took on the first leg of their double-header weekend with a trip to face the University of Bristol in a fixture that was important in terms of underlining their victory over league leaders Olton the week before. Hawks started brightly enough but they soon surrendered too much territory and possession and found themselves pegged back in their own half. When eventually they played themselves upfield, they forced a penalty corner on ten minutes which Jack Biggs converted and this allowed Hawks to settle into their game. Kit Cutter doubled the score two minutes later when he got himself on the end of a cross from Andy Watts, and Hawks were able to play out the first half comfortably despite not being able to put the score out of reach of the hosts. Keen to ensure they did not concede and so allow Bristol back into the game, Hawks played conservatively for the opening ten minutes of the second half until Ed Tristem increased the lead to three after Rob Dunnill had played a neat rebound pass off the Bristol keeper. Olie Lobo made it four when he calmly converted a follow up to a saved penalty corner and Andy Watts added a fifth with eight minutes left on the clock when his cross was turned home by a defender. To Hawks annoyance, they let their guard drop and conceded a soft consolation goal to the students inside the last two minutes, but a generally convincing performance set Hawks up for the more challenging visit to Cardiff on Sunday.