RUGBY UNION: Smith keen to make case for the defence

8:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

London Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith is hoping to avoid a repeat of the semi-final drama when his side face Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship final, first leg tomorrow.

Welsh pipped Leeds 60-58 on aggregate after a pulsating 29-20 victory at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium on May 18.

That provided great entertainment for the crowd, but was not good viewing for defence coach Smith.

And he doesn’t want to witness a similar show back at the Kassam tomorrow (7.45).

“If it was like that every game, I would get the sack,” he said.

“Leeds are a good team. We have talked through some of the mistakes we made in both legs.

“From my point of view, it was far from ideal.”

Smith added: “There was a great amount of excitement at the end, but we have not won anything yet.”

Having worked hard in training since, Smith is confident his players will do better.

“There is a belief we can fix things, but there is also a frustration,” he said.

“We have had a good defence for the vast majority of the season.

“We have the first leg at home and want to carry on where we left off in that last 15 minutes.”

Appleton backs Slocombe to bounce back after United keeper has a night to forget

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 10th February 2016

MICHAEL Appleton has called on goalkeeper Sam Slocombe to bounce back after his two errors cost Oxford United victory over Mansfield Town.

FOOTBALL: Louis Bloomfield hits eight-second goal

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

LOUIS Bloomfield struck within eight seconds of kick-off as North Berks League Division 1 leaders Saxton Rovers stretched their lead at the top to nine points with a 5-0 win at Long Wittenham Athletic, writes PHIL ANNETS.

FOOTBALL: OUP go top of the table

Oxford Mail: football generic

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

OXFORD University Press went top of the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division with a 4-0 win over Middleton Cheney.

FOOTBALL: Carterton and Spartan in the goals as both reach last four

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

CARTERTON Town A booked their place in the semi-final of the Oxfordshire John Fathers Junior Shield with a comfortable 5-2 win over KEA, writes ANTHONY BARLOW.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City Ladies storm to top spot

Oxford Mail: football generic

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

OXFORD City Ladies went top of the Thames Valley Counties League Under 18 Division 1 with a 5-0 win at Northampton Town.

FOOTBALL: Charlotte and Anna prove the difference

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

CHARLOTTE Evans and Anna Hamerow both hit hat-tricks to give Summertown Stars Red a 6-1 derby victory at Summertown Stars White.

FOOTBALL: Kamran’s brace gives Wanderers first win

Oxford Mail: football generic

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

KAMRAN Ali scored both goals as Hinksey Park Wanderers gained their first victory in the Oxford Mail Youth League's Under 12 A League, beating Hinksey Park Lions 2-0.

FOOTBALL: Howells fires a four-timer to take Greater Leys into cup’s last four

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016

ADAM Wise hit a hat-trick for Goring Robins but was still on the losing side as they were beaten 6-3 by Greater Leys in the quarter-finals of the Oxford Mail Youth League's Under 15 Knockout Cup, writes PAUL LYON.

ICE HOCKEY: Milton Keynes steal Oxford City Stars thunder after super win over Wightlink Raiders

Oxford Mail:

5:56pm Wednesday 10th February 2016

Oxford City Stars were unable to take maximum points from their double-header in English National League South Division 1 at the weekend.

Oxford City suffer heavy defeat in Weston-super-Mare

Oxford Mail: football generic

12:10am Wednesday 10th February 2016

OXFORD City had an evening to forget in Weston-super-Mare last night.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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