It's time for Gerrard to dominate

11:30am Monday 16th June 2014

FROM the setting of a Las Vegas bar I got ready to watch England’s opener against Italy amongst 100 or so other fans.

I was excited with the news of our line-up, but would have preferred to see Adam Lalana play instead of Jordan Henderson.

With Italy missing legendary goalkeeper Buffon, it gave me even more confidence of victory.

My pre-game prediction was an England 2-1 success and, being in the gambling city of the world, it would have been rude not to bet on it.

Sitting in the middle of the ‘Chelsea In America’ supporters group, we sang the National Anthem and football songs.

I jumped for joy and screamed like a girl when I thought Raheem Sterling had scored after only five minutes, only to be brought crashing down to earth as a replay showed it hit the side-netting.

England were playing well which was good to see – and my prediction seemed a formality.

But when Italy took the lead, it killed our momentum.

I thought Leighton Baines was exposed down the left and didn’t look like the man everyone says is good enough to replace England’s most capped full-back Ashley Cole.

With Baines having to deal with a two-on-one overload for most of the game, Italy’s winning goal came from a cross from his channel.

In order for us to progress, I want to see our top man – and captain – Steven Gerrard dominate the next two games in the manner he does when in the red shirt of Liverpool.

It’s not all doom and gloom though.

The way we played in general was good, and Spain lost their opening game on their way to winning the World Cup in 2010 . . .

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Chambers at the double

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Jacob Chambers scored twice in Highfield Juniors’ 4-1 win at Charlbury Town in the Giles Sports Witney Youth Under 12 Knockout Cup first-round.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Florence Park and Hinksey share the spoils in thriller

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Florence Park and Hinksey Park took a point apiece from a thrilling 4-4 draw in the Oxford Mail Under 14 C Youth League.

FOOTBALL: Super Carterton move clear at top with rout

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Carterton Town A opened up a two-point gap at the top of the Witney & District FA Premier Division after a 4-0 win over Hanborough.

GIRLS FOOTBALL: Tower Hill have to sit it out

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Tower Hill Ladies were left without a fixture after their scheduled Southern Regions Women's League Division 1 clash at home to Stony Stratford was called off on Sunday morning as the visitors were unable to field a side.

Roberts revels in Oxford United's comeback win over Swindon

Oxford Mail: James Roberts

6:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

JAMES Roberts admitted it was extra sweet to score a winner for Oxford United against rivals Swindon Town, even if it came in a behind-closed-doors game.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Vass nets eight-timer as Launton hits goal trail

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Petra Vass hit an incredible eight goals to help Launton to an 11-0 win at Kidlington Harriers in the Oxford Mail Girls Under 13 League.

Oxford United stage comeback to beat Swindon Town

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3:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

JAMES Roberts came off the bench to score the winner as Oxford United came from two goals down to win 3-2 against Swindon Town at Roman Way.

Dismal start troubles Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.

Woeful Oxford United Women battered by Reading

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8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A lacklustre Oxford United Women suffered a 5-0 thrashing at local rivals Reading, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

CRICKET: Brooks gets nominated for player of the year

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Jack Brooks said being nominated for the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) player of the year was an added bonus to a great season.

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