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HOCKEY: Oxford Hawks felled by high-flying Chichester
11:00am Tuesday 11th December 2012 in Hockey
OXFORD Hawks were outgunned 4-1 at home to Chichester Priory Park in the South League Premier Division 1.
Their only crumb of comfort came via a Sam Chilvers goal as Chichester consolidated their third place in the table.
Oxford finished the first half of their MBBO Regional Division 1 season with a 2-2 draw away to PHC Chiswick. In a cagey encounter, there were few clear-cut chances at either end.
Oxford took the lead from their first short corner, Matt McKeown firing home, but Chiswick were soon level.
After the break, Oxford soon found themselves in arrears but battled back to take a point when Dan Bleach snatched the equaliser.
Wallingford put in a disciplined and patient performance to take all three MBB&O Regional Division 1 points in a 3-0 win at home to Sonning. The home side looked comfortable throughout, enjoying much of the possession and the breakthrough came via Row-an Wheeler’s first goal of the season. Further goals from Ed Allen and Tom Charleston wrapped up the victory.
Witney signed off in style by winning 3-0 at fellow promotion prospects Newbury & Thatcham in Regional Division 2.
Goals from Justin Peel, Gareth Pritchard and Ben Wells ensure Witney go into the Christmas break second in the table.
Bicester kept themselves in the hunt for promotion from MBB&O Division 1 with a thrilling 5-4 win away to Wycombe 3rd.
Adam Drewitt gave the Foxes an early lead but defensive lapses allowed Wycombe go in 3-1 up at half-time. Jonny Reid’s reverse stick shot made it 3-2, but Wycombe looked well set when they bagged their fourth goal.
Bicester refused to panic and Andy Brown controlled the midfield well, alongside Harry Gaunt. Reid reduced the arrears and then completed his hat-trick, before CJ Birtles finished superbly to clinch the points and send Bicester happily into the Christmas break.
MBBO Regional Div 1: Oxford Hawks 2nd 6, Slough 4. MBBO Regional Div 2: Oxford 2nd 3 (A Small 2, N Greenwood), Ramgarhia 4; Oxford Hawks 3rd 1 (S Dawson), Sonning 2nd 1. MBBO Div 1: Oxford 3rd 2 (A Bull, C Grey), Banbury 2nd 4. Div 3: Oxford 4th 2, West Hampstead 4th 4; Oxford 5th 1 (O Armstrong), Eastcote 4th 2.
MBBO Open Div 6: Oxford 6th 0, Wycombe 5th 1; Oxford 7th 1 (G Cadman), Slough 3rd 1.
Div 9: Oxford 8th 3 (J Fisher 3), Banbury 4A 7; Oxford Hamsters 0, Bracknell 1.
Div 10 West: Oxford 9th 1 (J Flather), Wall-ingford 5th 9.
Wessex Masters League Div 1: Oxford Bulls 3, Salisbury Striders 2.
Other matches: Witney 2nd 4 (S Summers, M Godwin, T Yallop, og), Wycombe 4th 2; Abingdon 2nd 0, Witney 3rd 12 (N Dunnington 4, A Birnie 2, N Vigar 2, D Nasralla, D Hulme, H Squire, P Button); Witney 4th 0, Reading Rovers 2; Oxford Hawks 4th 3, Wallingford 3rd 0; Oxford Hawks 5th 3, South Bucks 3rd 3; Oxford Hawks Senators 1, Old Georgians Fire 3; Oxford Hawks Falcons 2 (S Griffiths, D Hughes), Epsom Vagabonds 4; Windsor 3, Wallingford 2nd 2.