Humphreys spurs Bicester ladies to fine win

Charlie Humphreys scored a hat-trick for Bicester ladies
Charlie Humphreys scored a hat-trick for Bicester ladies

HOCKEY: Bicester Ladies 2nds put up a good performance to earn themselves a 5-1 win at Phoenix and Ranelagh.

Bicester went in front 2-0 in the first eight minutes after a double strike from Charlie Humphreys. The first came in the opening minute as Humphreys found herself one- on-one with the keeper and took the ball round her to slot home. Her second came from a nice reverse hit, after good work from the midfield.

Bicester began to control the game and the third goal came after they earned a short corner.Again Humphreys was involved with a strike on goal, which player of the match Grace Julier deflected in past the keeper.

Bicester went 4-0 up before half time after Ruth Thomas outpaced a defender and slid a neat shot past the keeper. Phoenix worked hard in the last 10 minutes of the first half and put Bicester’s defence under pressure and managed to get one back.

The second half was more even with some good play from both teams.

Bicester keeper Fiona Boyer ensured Phoenix did not score more than one with a series of good saves. Bicester still had goals in them and Charlie Humphreys got her hat trick and Bicester’s fifth with a sweeping shot.

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Bicester went behind 1-0 within eight seconds. Swift attacking hockey and ruthless short corners saw Eascote to a 5-0 lead at half time with Bicester having wasted the few short-corner opportunities they had.

After the break Bicester came out with pride to play for and they started to create some chances as Adam Buxey’s hard work in the middle started to get Stu Locke and C.J. Birtles into some wide attacking positions in which to feed Stu Goodacre and Harry Gaunt.

A bursting run from Jonny Reid in the middle won a free hit for Bicester which was converted after Dan Round found Stu Locke who drove the ball into the back-post for Gaunt to apply a simple finish.

Although Bicester continued to concede a few goals, keeper Peter Bowen made several fine saves and Birtles, Roy Carter, Ed Hull and Mark Stuart-Thompson at theback kept working hard to keep the score down as the game opened up.

Bicester were beaten by the better team and will hope for a better performance against Ashford this weekend.

Stu Locke won the man of the match award for his performance.