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).

TENNIS: Henman in title triumph

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 29th May 2015

HENRY Henman kept up the family tradition with victory in the Henman’s Freeth tournament at Woodstock.

OBITUARY: Tributes paid to Banbury stalwart Bob Mitchelmore

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 29th May 2015

TRIBUTES have been paid to Banbury sporting stalwart Robert ‘Bob’ Mitchelmore.

ROWING: Headington are in seventh heaven after national centenary triumph

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Headington School celebrated their centenary with a seventh consecutive gold medal in the Girls Championship Eights at the National Schools’ Regatta at Nottingham, writes JOHN WIGGINS.

PIGEON RACING: Latest results

Oxford Mail: WINGING IT: Amman Valley Pigeon Club got their season underway with a race from Swindon.

6:00am Friday 29th May 2015

Oxford Central (East Prawle, 9 sent 94): 1, 5, 7 K Shipperley 1275, 1196, 1176; 2, 3, 6 M/M R Ward 1209, 1208, 1179; 4, 17 T Irving 1207, 955; 8, 9, 10 D Fellows 1164, 1146, 1136; 11, 14, 15 M Kelly 1117, 1023, 1023; 12, 13, 16 M/M S Capon & son 1101, 1029, 988; 18, 19, 20 R Clarke 955, 731, 690.

Ashton: Oxford United transfer success down to ambition, not cash

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD United’s ability to land their main targets this summer is down to selling players a vision for the future rather than offering the most money, according to chief executive Mark Ashton.

Oxford United to take more control over kit design as part of retail changes

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD United have announced big changes in their retail department, which will give them more control over their design of merchandise.

FOOTBALL: Morris Motors hoping to be at full strength for cup reunion

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015

MORRIS Motors footballers will finally get their hands on the Oxfordshire Senior Cup on Saturday – more than 30 years after winning the final.

ICE HOCKEY: Shooting Stars shine brightly to win tournament in France

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD’S amateur ice hockey team conquered France by winning the prestigious Lyon Friendship Tournament.

BOWLS: Lopez called up for debut in opening Middleton Cup test

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD City & County’s Paul Lopez is set to make his Middleton Cup debut for Oxfordshire against Buckinghamshire at Waddesdon on Saturday (2pm).

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Super Saints run riot against Torbay Trojans

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD Saints ran riot in their West Division 2 game at Torbay Trojans, winning 72-30.

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