NORTH Oxford B took a big stride towards promotion from Men’s Division 1 of the Thames Valley Winter League.

A 7-1 win over Wantage puts them top with a game in hand over Woodstock B.

Oxford Sports’ 8-0 victory over Bicester B sees them well-placed to gain the second promotion spot as they have two games in hand.

Oxford City Ladies fielded a strong team to win 6-2 at Cholsey and boost their top-flight battle against relegation.

They remain rooted to the foot of the table, but are now in touching distance of the next few teams.

Alex and Beth Simmons won all four sets for City.