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.”

Liam Sercombe determined to chip in with goals for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 25th May 2015

LIAM Sercombe is aiming to help solve Oxford United’s search for goals from midfield next season.

CRICKET: Aston Rowant rooted to the foot of the table after another loss

Oxford Mail: Shipton-under-Wychwood's Sasha Barras gives it some air during their rain-curtailed clash at Banbury 2nd

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

The runs flowed for Aston Rowant at Finchampstead, but they still fell to a third successive loss in Divsion 2.

CRICKET: Woods and Shurmer set up convincing victory for Great Tew

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

Devastating early spells from Matt Woods and Robbie Shurmer destroyed Amersham and enabled Great & Little Tew to keep up their winning run in Division 2 at Shardeloes on Saturday.

CRICKET: Three wins out of three for super Shipton

Oxford Mail: Shaun Miller took 3-9 in a miserly 6.3 over spell for Shipton-under-Wychwood in their surprise win against Finchampstead to get them finally off the mark

8:00am Monday 25th May 2015

Shipton-under-Wychwood maintained their 100 per cent record at the top of Division 2 with a comfortable six-wicket victory at home to Cove on Saturday.

CRICKET: Horspath blown away by record-breaker Roberts

Oxford Mail: Horspath's Harrison Ward

7:00am Monday 25th May 2015

Horspath were blown away by Henley opener Michael Roberts, who hit a league club record 155 to set the reigning champions on the way to a resounding 143-run victory in Division 1 at the Brakspear Ground.

CRICKET: Wright and West shine for Banbury in another victory

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Monday 25th May 2015

Banbury continued their run of steam-rollering opponents with a resounding seven-wicket victory at Harefield in Division 1 on Saturday.

WEEKEND RESULTS: May 23-24

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

6:20am Monday 25th May 2015

CRICKET

Play-off heartbreak for Swindon Town and Wycombe Wanderers

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 25th May 2015

SWINDON Town and Wycombe Wanderers suffered play-off agony over the weekend.

CRICKET: Oxford bottom after failing to make most of winning position

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 25th May 2015

Oxford remain bottom of the Division 1 table after failing to press home a winning position against Reading on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Mike Ford is relishing challenge after taking over as Banbury United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Former Oxford United captain Mike Ford is relishing a return to management with Banbury United, after spending more than a year out of the game.

The second leg is at Bristol next Wednesday.

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