OHC 1-5 Basingstoke
South League Div 2
Truly a game of two halves as Oxford ladies 1s failed to capitalize on a confident first half at home against a skillful and spirited Basingtoke team, who are newly promoted to South Division 2 and showing all the energy of a team with winning momentum behind them.
Oxford looked dominant and in-control in the first half, with fluid movement and great passing and playing plenty of creative ‘sexy hockey’. Oxford’s outletting from the back was assured and the midfield combined well to build some threatening attacks. Sadly it was more bark the bite in the final third though and chances on goal where few and far between.
Seemingly against the run of play, Basingstoke found an opening in the 30th minute to go 1-0 up before the half time break.
Plenty of tactics from the half time team talk, but after 12 minutes of pushing for the equalizer, Oxford conceded a second goal and suddenly the momentum swayed in favour of the visitors.
Just a minute later Basingstoke pounced again on some sloppy passing from Oxford and the 3rd goal seemed to seal the fate of the game in Oxford’s minds even with over a third of the game still to play.
The home side never really got their composure back, and mistakes crept in all over the pitch. The score stayed 3-0 to Basingstoke until the 67th minute when Oxford grabbed a late consolation goal, with Rachael Lammey tucking the ball away after some great work from speedy forward Amy Litchfield.
But generally Oxford looked tired and flustered, letting Basingstoke turn the screw and keep the pressure on, and in the final few minutes, they were able to put 2 more past the Oxford defence, making the final score 5-1.
With the first half performance in mind, the scoreline looks a little flattering to the visitors, but Oxford will need to carry their composure through to the end of the game if they want to be competitive in this league going forward.
Scorer: Rachael Lammey
MOMs: Emily Malden (& match reporter thanks!) & Clare Shaw