HOCKEY: Cresswell sets it up for Hawks

Oxford Hawks’ Dave Cresswell sees his shot hit a post and go to safety

Oxford Hawks’ Dave Cresswell sees his shot hit a post and go to safety

First published in Sport

Dave Cresswell maintained his top striking form with a brace as Oxford Hawks moved up to third spot in Premier Divison 1 with a 3-1 victory at home to London Wayfarers.

Hawks took an early lead when Cresswell, who scored five times against West Hampstead last week, converted a short corner. With keeper Dave Jones keeping Wayfarers at bay with some fine saves, Hawks went further ahead with a far post deflection by Cresswell from Ric Corbett’s backhand cross.

In the second half, a momentary lapse in defence allowed Wayfarers to pull back a goal.

But Hawks, who had dictated much of the play, sealed the result ten minutes from time when, after a good move, Corbett was upended by the Wayfarer's keeper.

Charlie Ellison despatched the penalty flick to complete a comfortable victory.

Oxford maintained their unbeaten record in Regional Division 1with a 1-1 draw at Old Merchant Taylors.

Kit Cutter scored Oxford’s goal.

Oxford Hawks 2nd triumphed 1-0 at Wallingford, with Joe Brownhill netting.

Oxford 2nd conceded three second-half goals as they lost 4-2 at home to Newbury &nd Thatcham in Regional Division 2.

Rich Harding’s equaliser for Oxford made it 1-1 at half-time.

Newbury sped 4-1 ahead after the break before Ben White pulled back a goal at the death.

Witney got their season back on track with a 5-2 home win against Eastcote 2nd. The hosts took an early lead through Ben Wells but let Eastcote to equalise in a rare attack before half-time.

Witney regained the lead through a skilful volley from Justin Peel before an error allowed Eastcote an equaliser. From then on, Witney's fitness showed. Man-of-the-match Tim Hardy netted twice from short corners and Jacob Deacon sealed the points with a great finish.


MBBO Div 1: Ashford 2nd 4, Oxford 3rd 2 (ODale, E Collins). Div 2: Amersham & Chalfont 2nd 0, Oxford Hawks 3rd 4 (S Dawson 2, T Simpson, A Spittles. Div 3: Oxford 4th 0, Wallingford 2nd 3; Tring 2, Oxford 5th 5 ( (J Le Ball, E Viska, B Matthews, J Douglas). Div 4: OMT 3rd 3, Wityney 2nd 2 (T Yallop, S Summers). Div 5: Oxford Hawks 4th 4, Banbury 3rd 0.

Other scorers: Witney 3rd 2 (S Hook, D Vermeulen), Marlow 4th 1; Maidenhead Boyne Hill 7, Witney 4th 1 (H Swift); Oxford 6th 4 (P Charrett, J Williams, E Down, A Rayner), Oxford 7th 2 (Cadman, M Neville)]); Oxford 8th 5 (JFisher 3, N Dykes 2) 5, Phoenix & Ranelagh 3rd 1; Oxford Hawks 5th 2, West Hampstead 7th 4; Oxford Hamsters 3 (D Walker, J Jones, A Harris), Henley 4th 0; Oxford 9th 1 (J Flather), Oxford Hawks 6th 16 (S Smith 6, P Foster 4, R Scragg 2, P Scragg, H Best, D Wells, P Bennett); Oxford Falcons 6 (P Bennett 3, C Billington, P Roche, A Henman), Horsham Vets 0; Oxford Senators 1, Richmond Vets 8; Oxford Bulls 2, Winchester Vets 2nd 2.

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