James hits four-timer as Ladies sink Witney

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Witney Ladies 1

Bicester Ladies I 5

Bicester Ladies maintained their unbeaten league record with a comfortable win at Witney last Saturday.

A number of excellent attacking moves from Bicester saw Witney under pressure in the first half but some fine play from the Witney keeper kept the score goalless.

Bicester squandered a few penalty corner chances before James smashed in her first from the top of the area. Bicester continued to pile on the pressure and were disappointed when two successive goals from Lisa Ryan were disallowed. Just before half time James struck again with a trademark reverse sweep.

During the second half one attack resulted in a ball fed through by Su Wheeler to James who converted also from a reverse sweep.

Soon after Lisa Ryan swept a long ball through to Lilla Venning who scored the fourth goal from close range. Bicester lost concentration and Witney launched an impressive counter attack. A number of crucial tackles were missed and Witney were able to score from open play and a fine strike from the top of the D.

The rest of the game was all Bicester’s with a number of attacks on goal. James missed a couple of aerial strikes on goal and a penalty flick before she scored her fourth 10 minutes from the end.

This result ensured Bicester will be promoted to the premier league next year, with six games still to play. Woman of the match was Lucy Birtles.

High Wycombe III 2

Bicester Men’s I 2

Bicester travelled to top of the table High Wycombe and came away with a hard-earned draw.

Bicester scored after five minutes. Joe Sach was given space at the top of the D by a sluggish Wycombe defence to fire home. However, Wycombe hit back and equalised immediately when a well worked move wrongfooted the otherwise solid defence of Round, Sullivan, Southam and Goodacre.

Bicester changed players to push forward but a youthful Wycombe kept them pegged back.

Bicester scored again when their forwards combined leaving Dobbins an open goal. Wycombe equalised again with a short corner which was converted by the league’s top goal scorer.

The second half saw both sides attack in an half that was played end to end. The last 10 minutes saw both sides get close to scoring only for both keepers’ to make excellent saves.

Bicester keeper Bowen made multiple excellent saves five minutes from time.

Bicester Ladies II 2

City of Oxford Ladies 2

Bicester earned a valuable point in their fight to avoid relegation at home to City of Oxford Ladies.

Bicester took the lead after Ruth Thomas stayed calm to score a well placed strike to the right of the keeper.

City were then lucky to equalise after a high shot from a short corner. Bicester came back to take the lead again on the stroke of half time after a well worked short corner routine ended with Stacey Roger slamming the ball past the keeper.

The second half was closely fought with a number of chances for both teams but City managed to claw a goal back and the game ended 2-2.

Woman of the match was split between three Bicester players - Grace Julier, Lucy McGregor and Ruth Thomas.