SHANE Moore is targeting a strong end to the season after a promising start to his time in charge of Oxford City Stars.

The NIHL Division 1 South outfit host third-placed Slough Jets at Oxpens on Sunday (6.15pm) as they look to build a run of form.

Stars gave a good account of themselves in a 7-4 defeat at Streatham on Saturday, a big improvement on their 7-0 home loss to the champions five weeks earlier.

They then struck twice in the first two minutes at MK Thunder, paving the way for a 4-2 victory and their second win over the basement boys in seven days.

Eighth-placed Stars are five points behind Raiders Junior in seventh, and Moore thinks they can close the gap.

“Ultimately, we are chasing down seventh place hard and it’s within our grasp,” said the head of hockey operations, in interim charge until the end of the season.

“I was really pleased once again with how the team performed.

“We had to bolster up with some of our two-way players, and they went straight into the line-up and performed well.

“We knew Streatham would be a tough game, but the guys went in and played to the systems and came away with some real pride off the back of the performance.

“That helped us keep the momentum which we took straight into MK.”

Joe Edwards bagged a hat-trick against Streatham, with Theo Bundock also on the mark, and the top-scorer was on target again at MK.

Matt Lawday, Jake Williams and Jakub Klima also found the net.

The win was marred by an injury to netminder Ross Miller in the third period.

The Stars netminder was taken to hospital after he hit the ice following a collision and suffered concussion, but he is now back home.