RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

8:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

London Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith is hoping to avoid a repeat of the semi-final drama when his side face Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship final, first leg tomorrow.

Welsh pipped Leeds 60-58 on aggregate after a pulsating 29-20 victory at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium on May 18.

That provided great entertainment for the crowd, but was not good viewing for defence coach Smith.

And he doesn’t want to witness a similar show back at the Kassam tomorrow (7.45).

“If it was like that every game, I would get the sack,” he said.

“Leeds are a good team. We have talked through some of the mistakes we made in both legs.

“From my point of view, it was far from ideal.”

Smith added: “There was a great amount of excitement at the end, but we have not won anything yet.”

Having worked hard in training since, Smith is confident his players will do better.

“There is a belief we can fix things, but there is also a frustration,” he said.

“We have had a good defence for the vast majority of the season.

“We have the first leg at home and want to carry on where we left off in that last 15 minutes.”

Oxford Utd 1 (Hoban 72), Newport County 1 (John-Lewis 43)

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11:00pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

PATRICK Hoban expertly struck an equaliser as Oxford United came from behind to draw with Newport County at the Kassam Stadium.

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FOOTBALL: Midfielder Ellen Hopkins is unlikely penalty shoot-out hero for Tower Hill

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Midfielder Ellen Hopkins proved to be Tower Hill Ladies’ penalty shoot-out hero, donning the gloves to save two spot-kicks as they reached the semi-finals of the OFA County Cup at the expense of Benson Lionesses.

Oxford Utd v Newport County - updates

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6:46pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

All the news from Oxford United's clash with Newport County at the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League Two.

FOOTBALL:Martino Ventriglia's the toast for Chequers

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Martino Ventriglia struck a spectacular left-foot volley winner into the top corner from 30 yards with four minutes to go as Chequers beat Zubry 3-2 at home in their top-of-the-table Oxford City FA clash.

Oxford United defender Cameron Gayle joins Cambridge United on loan after extending contract

Oxford Mail:

12:41pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

OXFORD United have sent Cameron Gayle out on loan to Cambridge United after extending the defender's stay at the club by two months.

RACING: Injured Coneygree out of Hennessy Gold Cup

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10:59am Tuesday 24th November 2015

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree has been ruled out of Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup after failing to sparkle in a schooling session at trainer Mark Bradstock's Letcombe Bassett stables near Wantage.

George Baldock hungry for Oxford United to keep hammer down against Newport County

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 24th November 2015

GEORGE Baldock says Oxford United are driven to keep the pressure on and extend their superb run for the visit of Newport County tonight (7.45).

Oxford United boss has plan to punish Newport County

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9:00am Tuesday 24th November 2015

MICHAEL Appleton predicts Oxford United’s players will see less of the ball this evening – but it could work to their advantage.

HOCKEY: Oxford Hawks ladies let it slip after taking lead

Oxford Mail: hockey - field

8:40am Tuesday 24th November 2015

Desp[ite twice taking the lead, Oxford Hawks Ladies went down 5-2 at Isca in Investec Conference West.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.


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