It’s no pantomime for the Bulls…
Oxford Bulls 2 – 1 Chichester
It may be pantomime season but Oxford Bulls pulled out all the stops for their first league match of 2012 with a hard-fought fairytale win against Chichester – it was GENIE-OUS. Get it?
Having been soundly beaten by Chichester earlier in the season, it may have been a more relaxed attitude by both sides that set the tone. The Bulls effectively had nothing to lose and Chichester nothing to prove, having beaten Hawks in the match before Christmas. Whatever the state of mind, the Bulls were competitive from the start. New midfield dymano Steve Fletcher proved his worth with an inspiring performance next to the seasoned shoulders of James Mallinson. The remaining midfielders and a defence, marshalled by Mike Ruppe, harried the oposition at every occasion winning the vast majority of 50/50 balls.
It was somewhat surprising then that Chichester scored first with a solo run by the left wing. This break in our defence inspired the Bulls even further with Paul Brees in goal, thwarting a further couple of attempts by Chichester. Bulls were back level when Tom Scrase ran from the left wing to divert a strong pass from Fletch into the goal. A brilliant solo run by Gerald Curran led to a sweetly-struck second to leave Chichester reeling.
(Gerald Curran is available for interview to take you through the goal and will next be seen appearing as Captain Hook at the New Theatre Chichester) Booooooo!
Match report by Ali Fry