RUGBY UNION: Exiles are banking on spirit to prevail

8:00am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

Justin Burnell says London Welsh will be taking a lot of team spirit as well as 19 points into their promotion showdown with Bristol.

The Exiles visit the Memorial Stadium tomorrow night leading 27-8 from the first leg of their Greene King IPA Championship final.

Head coach Burnell insists his side will play positively rather than trying to defend a lead, and have the character to do that.

“We’re a pretty honest bunch and we don’t roll over,” he said.

“We saw that in respect to Leeds in the semi-final. Thirteen points down, we were dead and buried and everyone wrote us off.

“That’s one thing we have got – spirit.”

Welsh ended Bristol’s 15-match winning run in the league at the Kassam Stadium, but Burnell says they won’t stop there in their bid to secure a Premiership place.

“You have got to win both legs,” he said.

While Burnell is set to rotate his team again, he bristled when asked if they had changed preparation for the first leg against Bristol.

“No,” he replied. “Because we are a one-dimensional team, as everybody keeps telling us.

“We can only play one way, so no.

“It’s pretty straight-forward. We have only got a plan A.”

FOOTBALL: Second-half strikes hurt North Leigh's play-off chances

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North Leigh’s Division 1 South & West play-off hopes suffered a big blow when they lost 2-0 on their first Evo-Stik Southern League visit to Larkhall Athletic on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Banbury's strugglers fritter away half-time lead

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7:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

Banbury United seemed on course for a vital victory in their battle against relegation from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, when they led fellow strugglers Arlesey Town 2-0 at half-time on Saturday.

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Jake Wright delighted as Oxford United pass big test

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6:30am Monday 2nd March 2015

JAKE Wright was delighted to shut out what he felt was one of the best attacks in Sky Bet League Two as Oxford United drew 0-0 at Portsmouth, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

RUGBY UNION: Rock-bottom London Welsh hammered by rampant London Irish

Oxford Mail:

9:10pm Sunday 1st March 2015

London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership misery showed no signs of letting up in a heavy defeat to fellow strugglers London Irish at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Portsmouth?

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5:34pm Saturday 28th February 2015

Portsmouth 0, Oxford Utd 0

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4:53pm Saturday 28th February 2015

OXFORD United ground out a valuable point as they held in-form Portsmouth to a goalless draw at Fratton Park.

Updates - Portsmouth v Oxford Utd

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1:55pm Saturday 28th February 2015

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Johnny Mullins calls for a repeat show when Oxford United travel to Portsmouth

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th February 2015

JOHNNY Mullins says memories of last season’s terrific win at Portsmouth will be in his mind as Oxford United attempt to pull off a repeat this afternoon.

ANGLING: Jez Reid on top of perch in North Oxford cup

8:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Jez Reid finished on top when North Oxford AS an - glers contested the Wally Harper Cup at Godstow.

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