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HOCKEY:Gordon earns draw at Reading
2:52pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
Emma Gordon earned Bicester Ladies a 1-1 draw at Reading 2nd in Trysports Three Counties League Premier 1 on Saturday.
The visitors settled quickly but fell behind midway through the first half.
A Reading break caught out Bicester’s defence and a shot flew past keeper Jo Underhill.
The setback was quickly shrugged off, though, with Gordon finding an equaliser from a long corner before half-time.
Bicester, who were well-served by Grace Julier, conceded several short corners in the second half, but Reading could not find a way through a solid defence.
A late goal from Julie Giles gave Bicester 3rd a consolation in a 4-1 home defeat to Oxford 6th in Division 5.
A clinical Oxford went into the break with a 3-0 lead.
Bicester twice hit the post after the restart and finally pulled a goal back through Giles five minutes from time.
Bicester Men 3rd suffered their second successive 5-0 defeat, as they went down at Wokingham 3rd in MBBO Open Division 8.
The away side had opportunities to open the scoring in a bright start.
They forced a string of short corners, but were left to rue the misses, as the league leaders hit back.
A well-worked set-piece gave them a 1-0 lead at half-time and the young hosts romped to a convincing victory in the second half.
Bicester also lost captain Shaun Varney to a suspected knee ligament injury.
Hughie McCulloch and Steve Inck were on target as Bicester Development shared a 2-2 draw at home to Wallingford 5th in Open Division 10 West.
McCulloch opened the scoring with a penalty flick, but the away side netted either side of the break to lead.
Inck rescued a point with a stunning strike.