Bicester Ladies second string see off Reading

Hat-trick scorer Ruth Thomas in action
Hat-trick scorer Ruth Thomas in action

HOCKEY: Bicester Ladies 2nd’s continued their fine run of form with a third consecutive victory to thrash Reading Ladies 4ths 8-0.

Bicester put Reading under pressure from the off and Ruth Thomas, who was looking for her third hat-trick in three games, was creating a lot of problems for the Reading defence. Thomas got her first of the game after some excellent play from the Bicester defence, clearing the ball and picking the right pass for Thomas to neatly deflect the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

Bicester continued to work hard and with great set plays and movement from the defence, Thomas soon got her second of the game. This time it was right back Amy Olah who started the move passing the ball down the line to Thomas who took on her defender and then nutmegged the keeper to find the back of the goal. Bicester had the game wrapped up by half time with Ali McGregor scoring her first goal of the season.

This time Thomas turned provider and pushed the ball straight across the D, with McGregor timing her run perfectly to knock the ball past the keeper.

Bicester continued in the same manner in the second half with Thomas notching her hat trick. Her shot was at first saved by the keeper but Thomas held her nerve to play the ball around the keeper who was on the floor and push the ball in for her third of the game.

Reading tried to get back into the game but Bicester’s defence stood strong and keeper Fiona Boyer made two fine saves to ensure Bicester kept a clean sheet.

Bicester were relentless and continued to control the game. It was Charlotte Cochrane’s turn to get on the scoresheet and she did this with a strong strike after losing her marker.

Cochrane got her second of the game after Sam Smith found Emily Hill after good movement from a 16-yard hit. Hill held the ball up and played a one-two with Cochrane who put the ball in the back of the net. Hill, who was player of the match, scored the seventh goal of the game with some excellent individual play.Amy Olah outpaced her defender, and took a superb shot from the top of the D which powered past the keeper. Cochrane was hungry for a third and after a long corner from Stacey Roger which Emily Hill slipped into the D, Cochrane got her hat-trick.