Oxford Hawks Ladies' 1s made the long journey into Wales for their last game of a tough season, to face Swansea, who were looking for a win to cement their place in the new Division 1 of the National League which is being introduced next season. Swansea started with strong intent putting a lot of pressure on the Hawks defence. Hawks were reliant on keeper Jess Hughes for a couple of strong saves early on, but it was her last action as she succumbed to a back injury after ten minutes. Thankfully Evelyn Hargraves had also travelled to Swansea and she came on for the remainder of the game. Swansea took the lead from a penalty corner with a rebound strike after the first one was blocked. They doubled their lead ten minutes later with a clever deflection from a ball smashed into the area. Hawks pushed forwards with Becca Edwards on fine form in the midfield, but it was Swansea who struck next with a good finish from a cross from the left.
After some firms words from Andy and Nathan Hawks came out with renewed energy and enjoyed a better second half, with much improved passages of play. Poppy Webb used her skills to win a corner and Hawks almost pulled one back but the ball was well cleared. It was Swansea who then extended their lead after a successful press and turnover ended in a goal, and they added another moments later. To their credit Hawks pushed and pushed to the end, which is reflective of the squad’s commitment and continued passion in what has been a difficult season in terms of results. Despite finishing bottom of the league Hawks will continue to play National League hockey next year due to the major restructure affecting all tiers of hockey, and they now look forward to planning and rebuilding for a success next season.