Crook seals victory for Bicester hockey ladies

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Bicester Ladies 1sts 4

Oxford Hawks 3rds 2

In their first game back after the Christmas break, Bicester Ladies played host to an Oxford Hawks side who, due to their strength and depth, always have the potential to win games.

It was Bicester who took the early initiative, however, playing the ball neatly between themselves to settle any early trepidation. However the best chance to go ahead was wasted when the ball was not taken out of the D during an attacking penalty corner and Charlie Humphreys’ resulting goal was disallowed.

The early control was soon handed to Oxford Hawks as Bicester began to panic on the ball and make several passes straight to the opposition. This pattern remained for the first half and as Chloe Ranson cleared well towards the half way line following a Hawks penalty corner, the away side regained possession and passed and dribbled with ease around the Bicester defence to take the lead on the stroke of half time.

The lead was short lived for Hawks as Bicester pulled a goal back within 30 seconds of the restart.

A strong drive by Ruth Thomas down the right was followed by a cross square into the D. This was met by Lilla Venning who was able to tap in around the keeper.

Confidence was coming back into the Bicester side and Thomas soon followed up with a goal of her own as she linked up with Susie Miller down the right once more.

Althought Hawks then pulled one back to level the score at 2-2, Bicester’s heads didn’t drop and they continued to fight to turn the score back in their favour.

An excellent sideline ball from Amy Richardson on the left across the pitch to Ranson at right back cleared space for Bicester to attack again.

The ball was slipped to “dame of the game” Lisa Ryan who found Jan Southam waiting in the D to patiently lose her defender and smash home the third.

The scoring was completed once centre forward Kath Crook joined the action and in a solo effort she took on two defenders and the keeper to add to her tally for the season.

The result leaves Bicester level on points with South Bucks at the top of Trysports Premier 2.

>>Bicester Ladies 3rds lost 3-0 to Wychwood L2’s with Charlotte Chesworth Bicester’s best player.