HOCKEY: Oxford ladies take local derby spoils

First published in Sport

Oxford proved too good for local rivals Banbury as they took all three South Clubs League Division 2 points with a 3-1 victory.

Hayley Sawyer gave them an early lead, but Banbury quickly levelled to go in all- square at the break. A deflected Caro Harris shot put Oxford ahead again and a cross from Naomi Gay was converted by Catherine Reaney to make it 3-1.

Bottom-of-the-table Banbury were denied a second by goalkeeper Phil Swindell’s fine late save. Oxford Hawks’ run of fine results in Investec Conference East came to an end with a 2-1 reverse at Wimbledon.

The home side broke through early on and although Hawks had a good share of possession, they could not convert it into goals until Lucy Stewart made it 1-1 just before the break.

In the second half, Wimbledon sat back, but Hawks struggled to find a way through a well-organised defence and a second goal killed them off.

Hawks 2nd hit eight goals without reply against Aylesbury in Premier Division 1 of the Trysports 3-Counties League.

Emily Smith (3), Helen Nicholson (2), Lucy Millington, Georgina Jefferies and Molly Warne did the damage.

Bicester shared the Trysports 3-Counties League Division 3 points away to South Bucks after a thrilling 4-4 draw.

South Bucks opened up a 3-0 lead before Susie Miller reduced the arrears. Bicester Captain Ella Weston made it 3-2, but the home side then scored again to go two goals clear.

The visitors were not finished, however, and roared back with goals from Weston and Jan Southam.

First-half goals from Hayley Dobson and Izzie Hayes gave Witney their first taste of success away from home this season in South Division 3A at Hampstead & Westminster.

Wychwood drew 3-3 draw with Oxford 4th in Trysports Division 1, Jane Goodman, Catherine Forteath and Amy Ford scoring.


South Clubs League. Div 3A: Oxford 2nd 1, Wallingford 3; Oxford 2nd 3 (L Cockshott 2, H Backhouse), Hampstead & Westminster 2nd 3.

Trysports 3-counties League.

Premier 2: Oxford 3rd 2 (M Banton, L McCann), Amersham & Chalfont 2nd 1.

Div 1: Oxford 4th 3 (N Forecast 2, H Turner), Wychwood 3rd 3; Oxford Hawks 3rd 0, Newbury & Thatcham 0.

Div 2: Oxford 5th 4 (L Baker 2, K Duana Black, A Miller, S Satterly), Wycombe 4th 1. Div 4: Wychwood 2nd 2 (C Lally, S Forrest), Sonning Vets 2; Oxford Hawks 5th 1 (L Hiner), Abingdon 2nd 4.

Div 5: Oxford 6th 1 (J Grant), Wallingford 4th 2; Oxford 7th 1, Buckingham 3rd 2; Bicester 3rd 0, Marlow 4th 4. Other results: Oxford Hawks Kestrels 1, Oxford Girls Development 2nd 0.

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