Ladies 1s v Spencer L1s – 22.10.16 Match Report

OHC 1s 2-4 Spencer 1s

South Clubs Div 2

OHC Ladies went down 2-4 to Spencer on Saturday despite a storming second half performance. Oxford started the game strongly, with Christy Barnard and Meg Scott putting pressure on the Spencer keeper. Spencer were first to score however, converting a penalty corner, and then breaking quickly to add a second to take the wind out of Oxford’s sails. Spencer then took the initiative early in the second half with a well-taken chance, despite Phil Swindell proving difficult to get past in goal.

Oxford started to rally, pressing high and this started to pay dividends. A great run by Victoria Sauven down the left meant that Barnard had to get the smallest touch to claim Oxford’s first goal. Vicky Small came close next, and MOMFloor Timmer was only just deprived by the post. Not to be deterred, Jen Johnson pressed high, threading a great ball through to Timmer who fired the ball home to make it 2-3.

The game then lost momentum after a goal claim by Spencer that took time to resolve. No goal was given – Phil correctly claims she would not have left it otherwise – but Oxford needed to pick things up again.

Unfortunately Spencer were first to the punch and grabbed a fourth goal, but Oxford kept battling, Jess Upjohn and Amy Litchfield making inroads into the Spencer defence. A foul on Timmer led to a Spencer red card, and although Oxford came close they couldn’t pull back the deficit before the final whistle blew. However, there were some great, sustained period of hockey and Oxford should build on this in the games to come.

Scorers: Barnard, Timmer

MOM: Timmer