KENNY Redmond hailed the best spell of his time in charge when Oxford City Stars came from behind to set up victory against Bracknell Hornets.

The visitors went from 3-1 down to 7-5 up on their way to claiming a 9-6 success.

It stretched their winning streak at the start of the National League South Division 2 campaign to six matches and keeps them within sight of leaders Chelmsford Chieftains, who have played a game more.

Having beaten Haringey a week before despite not playing well, Redmond was thrilled with the levels his players reached, particularly in the second period at Bracknell.

The head coach, who took over 18 months ago, said: “The team showed fantastic character and attitude to come from 3-1 down against very tough opponents and turn the game around.

“The hockey we played was a joy to watch and all credit to the players.”

Dax Hedges cancelled out an early opener from former Stars player Ben Ealey-Newman, but the Hornets hit back to lead 3-1 with goals from Steven Fisher and Harvey Hind-Pitcher.

Tom Davis reduced the arrears with a slap shot from behind the blue line, before Stars hit new heights in the second period.

Joe Edwards (2), Lee Richardson, Darren Elliott and Michal Oravec put the visitors in charge with some superb hockey.

Edwards completed his hat-trick in the third period, before Josh Oliver rounded off the night with Stars’ ninth goal in the final seconds, after Hornets had withdrawn their netminder.

The one sour note was a groin injury suffered by Milan Ronai, which is expected to keep him out for several weeks.

Stars will bid to make it seven straight wins when Guildford visit to Oxpens on Sunday (6.15pm).

Redmond said: “It was the first of three tough games for us and we now need to take our form into another big test at home.

“The fans travelled in great numbers (to Bracknell) and really made themselves heard, which gave us a real lift.

“We’re looking forward to Sunday now.”