Leaders overcome spirited Bicester

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Bicester M2s went down 4-1 at top-of-the-table and unbeaten Staines IVs in MBBO Division Five at the weekend.

A cautious start from the visitors allowed Staines plenty of possession early on, but Bicester gradually found their feet and some crisp passing put the league leaders under a sustained period of pressure.

A quick counter-attack caught the Bicester defence cold, though, and a clinical finish gave the leaders a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Now it was Staines’ turn to exert the pressure and, five minutes later, they capitalised when a well-worked penalty corner routine ended with the ball being touched home at the near post. Bicester briefly stemmed the tide and looked set to go into half time just two behind before Staines added a third with another well-taken goal. A spirited response from Bicester saw them pull one back in the second half through James Pilgrim’s goal from a penalty corner, but Staines had the final say to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Bicester L2s, meanwhile, enjoyed a very different result as they thrashed Henley IIIs 5-1 in Trysports Three Counties Division Two.

Dominating from start to finish, Bicester were well worth the victory with some precision passing and slick link-up play causing a constant threat to Henley.

Sheryl Webb opened the scoring from an excellent long-corner ball from Stacey Roger before Charlotte Cochrane scored a hat-trick and Webb notched her second in a straightforward win.

Bicester L3s, however, were beaten 4-0 by Marlow IVs. Despite a hard-working first half performance that saw Bicester go in level at the break, the visitors became sloppy after the interval and allowed the hosts to rack up four goals. Player of the match went to Emma McStraw and Captain’s Player went to Corin Scott.

Elsewhere, the M3s threw away two points in the final few minutes as they drew 1-1 with Aylesbury IVs.

Bicester were by far the better team and took the lead through Nick Styles, but a last-minute strike from Aylesbury denied Bicester victory.

Finally, the L1s recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Oxford University Ladies IIs thanks to Lilla Venning’s goal.