RUGBY UNION: Oxfordshire told to keep pressure on

7:00am Friday 16th May 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

There can be no let-up as Oxfordshire target top spot in Pool 3 when they host Dorset & Wilts in the County Championship Shield at Witney tomorrow (3).

That is the view of head coach Craig Burrows, whose side need a solitary bonus point to finish first and reach the semi-finals.

“The County Championship is all about momentum,” said Burrows, whose team opened up with a 37-19 victory over Berkshire last weekend.

“To get just a point and lose would be mentally very difficult going into the semi-finals.

“That is not the way to approach it if we want to get to the final at Twickenham, which is the aim.

“Before that, Saturday is the big focus “We want to be positive and keep winning.”

Oxfordshire make two changes to their starting line-up, with Oxford Harlequins fly half Zac Norris and Grove prop Martyn Walsh coming in.

Joe Bellinger (Grove) moves from centre to No 8, with Matt Clarke (Witney) shifting from No 10 to 12.

Jamie Burke (Witney) is unavailable, while fellow prop Pete Boulton (Oxford Harlequins) comes in on the bench.

Burrows added: “We have lots to build on for next week.

“Dorset & Wilts have been a bit of a bogey team for Oxfordshire for the last five years.

“It is going to be a really tough game and a totally different proposition to Berkshire.

“They are going to be strong out wide. Berkshire were strong up front.”

Oxfordshire: J Mills (Banbury), G Nicholl (Grove), Day (Grove), Clarke (Witney), Clipsham (Grove), Norris (Oxford Harlequins), E Phillips (Banbury), Eckert (capt), Dixey, Walsh (all Grove), Brown, Purchase (both Oxford Harlequins), C Chilvers, Wells, Bellinger (all Grove), Reps: Boulton (Oxford Harlequins), Monks (Witney), Haire (Grove), C Phillips (Banbury), J Chilvers (Grove), Spencer (Bicester), Peel (Grove).

Oxford United boss Appleton envisages no new signings before season starts

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Tuesday 28th July 2015

Michael Appleton believes it is highly unlikely Oxford United will add to their squad before the start of the season.

Oxford United Women waste chance to tame Lionesses

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 28th July 2015

LES Taylor was disappointed Oxford United Women were unable to finish Millwall Lionesses off in a 2-2 draw in FA Women’s Super League 2.

CRICKET: Oxon record-breaker Ward meets predecessor Thompson

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

Harrison Ward, who has just become the youngest Oxfordshire batsman to score a Unicorns Counties Championship century, met up with Ben Thompson, the player whose 17-year record he beat.

GOLF: Amputee picks up tenth ace - just five years after picking up a club

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

ANDY Gardiner has reached a rare golfing milestone, by recording his tenth holein-one just five years after taking up the sport.

Former Banbury boss thrilled at Jordan Green's move to Premier League with Bournemouth

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

FORMER Banbury United boss Paul Davis said that Jordan Green has surpassed even his high expectations after the winger joined Premier League newcomers Bournemouth.

ICE HOCKEY: Oxford City Stars sign up Oliver brothers

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

THE Oliver brothers join Joe Edwards and Dax Hedges as the last batch of existing Oxford City Stars players to be confirmed on their roster for next season.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford's rally comes too late in 'home' clash

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A STRONG finish was in vain for Oxford RL as Barrow Raiders ran out 34-22 winners in their Kingstone Press League 1 clash.

GOLF: Super Watkins claims 11th straight club championship

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

LAURA Watkins’s incredible run as Bicester club champion continued as she lifted the ladies crown for the 11th time in a row.

MOTORSPORT: Walkinshaw's Spa day halted by downpour

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

SEAN Walkinshaw crashed in a sudden downpour in Belgium which forced his team’s retirement early in the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

Oxford United to hold open training session for supporters

Oxford Mail:

12:32pm Monday 27th July 2015

OXFORD United are holding an open training session next week as the Kassam Stadium's new pitch sees its first action.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2015 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/