Oxford Hockey Club's under 16 girl's team have become national champions after a late goal saw them secure a 4-3 win in a thrilling final.

The team faced tough competition from Timperley Hockey Club at the Nottingham Hockey Centre.

Their journey to the final was marked with impressive victories over previous finalists Stourport and Wimbledon.

Oxford Mail: Oxford Hockey Club's under 16 girl's teamOxford Hockey Club's under 16 girl's team (Image: Oxford Hockey Club)

The team had also showed strong form in the earlier stages of the competition as they overcame Eastcote, Bedford, Towcester, and Old Cranleighans.

Oxford went ahead early on when Florence Hulcup steered her side in the lead with a well-executed penalty corner shot just five minutes in.

On the 15-minute mark, Matilda Amor doubled Oxford's lead with a stunning breakaway goal.

Shortly after Oxford’s second goal Timperley began to work their way back into the game.

They managed to half the deficit mid-way through the first half, making the score 2-1 at half time.

With a change of formation, Timperley started the second half well, securing an equaliser on 45 minutes.

Undeterred, Oxford returned fire to make the score 3-2, courtesy of a timely goal from Beatrice Subeska-Renato.

Oxford Mail: Oxford let an early two goal lead slip before retaking the leadOxford let an early two goal lead slip before retaking the lead (Image: Oxford Hockey Club)

As the game reached its final stages, Timperley kept pushing and managed to find an equalizer.

But Oxford's Molly Deakin rose to the occasion, earning a crucial penalty corner right after the restart, paving the way for Hattie Gibson's dramatic late goal to put Oxford back ahead.

The goal was the last action as the umpire's whistle confirmed Oxford were the new champions.

Jon Darnell, director of junior hockey at Oxford Hockey Club, said: "This success reflects the dedication and commitment of the under 16 girl's throughout the season.

"Their hard work, passion, and teamwork have culminated in this well-deserved achievement of becoming national champions.

"This victory not only reflects the talent of our players but also the unwavering support of our coaches, families, and supporters."

Oxford Mail: The team won with a last minute goalThe team won with a last minute goal (Image: Oxford Hockey Club)

David Whittingham, chair of Oxford Hockey Club, added: "We are immensely proud of our under 16 girl's team for their incredible achievement in securing a National Championship.

"Their journey has been marked by hard work, dedication and determination.

"The National Title is a testament to the club's commitment to excellence and the development of young talent."

Oxford Hockey Club, based at Oxford Brookes University Sports Centre, offers competitive and social hockey for varying experience levels.

The club has eight ladies', eight men's, and two mixed teams in their senior section

It also has a large junior section offering hockey from the age of six to 18.

More information can be found on the club's website.