Oxford MailICE HOCKEY: Champions Stars delay decision on promotion (From Oxford Mail)

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ICE HOCKEY: Champions Stars delay decision on promotion

Oxford Mail: Josh Oliver scored twice in Stars' 9-3 win at Basingstoke, which clinched the championship Josh Oliver scored twice in Stars' 9-3 win at Basingstoke, which clinched the championship

Oxford City Stars, who won the English National League South Division 2 title for the second successive year on Sunday, are to delay a decision on which level they will play next season.

When they landed the league crown in 2013, Stars declined to accept promotion to Division 1 for financial reasons.

Now, despite having completed a league and cup double after what they have called “the most successful season in their history”, the club are again thinking hard about their future.

After clinching the league title with a 9-3 win away to Basingstoke Buffalo, Stars said their uncertainty was caused not only by financial pressures, but also by a possible restructuring of the National League.

In a statement, the club say: “The ice hockey world will be looking upon Oxford to step up, and we wish for the club to play at the highest possible level.

“We have completed two important missions this season, firstly in silverware and secondly in supporter numbers. But we have a further mission to complete.

“Oxford City Stars require a further level of commercial partnerships and sponsorships to make any transition to a higher level without detriment to the future of the club.

“The Stars have been and will be continuing to discuss the future with the English Ice Hockey Association, Oxford Ice Rink, Oxford City Council and potential new sponsors.

“Until the National League structure for 2014-15 is confirmed, we are unable to say which division we will compete in next season.”

Josh Florey, Alan Green and Josh Oliver scored twice in Stars’ win at Basingstoke, with the other goals comng from Mike Whillock, Darren Elliott and James Pentecost.

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