OXFORD City Stars and Oxford United have reignited the ‘Oxfordshire United’ partnership.

Stars captain Josh Florey and assistant skipper Alex Staples visited the U’s training ground this week to relaunch the long-standing partnership.

They were joined by young United players Kyran Lofthouse, Fabio Sole, Kevin Berkoe and Fabio Lopes.

As part of the link-up, Stars have put the ‘Oxford United in the Community’ logo on the back of their new home shirts to help celebrate the charity’s 30-year anniversary.

“As an Oxford lad I support United and get along to games when the Stars aren’t playing,” said Florey.

“I love representing Oxford and am very proud to do so with the Stars.

“Both Stars and United are a way of life for so many people and Oxfordshire United is all about celebrating that passion for the county.”

United managing director Niall McWilliams said: “It’s great for the two clubs working together again.

“I know a lot of fans support both clubs and we’re both proud to represent the county together.”

To celebrate the partnership a raft of activities will take place this weekend and across the season.

The Oxford Junior Stars U9s and U11s teams will be flag-bearers for United’s Sky Bet League One game against Rochdale on Saturday.

Stars will also host a ‘stick and puck’ shoot out in the family stand.

Season ticket holders of both United and Oxford City with a match stub from their games on Saturday can secure heavily-discounted tickets for Stars’ home match against MK Thunder on Sunday.

Meanwhile, on the ice, Mike Whillock and Olly Shone both bagged hat-tricks as Stars thrashed Raiders 2nd 13-4 at Oxpens in Natinal League South Division 1.

The superb victory came just 24 hours after a battling 4-2 defeat at Bracknell Hornets, where Whillock and Dax Hedges scored.

But Stars roared back against Raiders, leading 2-0 within two minutes thanks to Whillock and Josh Oliver.

Raiders reduced the deficit, but the hosts led 4-1 at the end of the first period with further goals from Josh Florey and Whillock.

Joe Edwards and Hedges extended the lead, but three goals from the visitors put the match in the balance.

However, Matt Lawday and Shone moved Stars into an 8-4 lead.

And two more goals in the third period from Stone, another from Whillock and further strikes from Ryan Widmar and Lawday completed a fine evening’s work.

Head Coach Simon Anderson said: “It was two great performances by the boys at the weekend.

“We did not get the result we wanted in Bracknell, however I felt we dominated the game for long periods and ran into a hot goalie in Tom Annetts, who for me won the game for them.

“We had a bad bounce goal go in and could not quite get the result, despite out shooting the Hornets.

“We have spoken at length about not scoring enough goals and I think on Sunday we definitely put that to bed.

“It was a really dominant performance for around 50 minutes. We had a middle period wobble, where we got away from our game and got sloppy in our defensive zone and gifted Raiders and couple goals,which I was not happy with.

“We took a timeout and settled the boys down and made them aware of what was going wrong.

“After that we reset and got back to our game and won comfortably in the end.”

He added: “We have spoken a lot about how we move forward.

“I have told the boys,we can be as good as we want to be and be a decent team at this level.

“We have a style of play that we have to execute whether it’s with or without the puck and the recruitment has been done with this in mind.

“There will be bumps in the road moving forward, but I’m confident if we play our style all season we will win more games than we lose.”