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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Hudson keeps Barnes at bay
6:00am Tuesday 18th March 2014 in Sport
Oxford Hawks had goalkeeper Jess Hudson to thank as they ran out 2-0 winners away to lowly Barnes in their penultimate Investec Conference West fixture of the season.
The London side threw everything at Hawks early on, but a combination of some outstanding saves from Hudson and poor finishing ensured the scoreline remained goalless. Hawks eventually broke the deadlock when they won a corner after good work from Maisie Robertson, and Bex Oakes was on hand to volley them ahead.
Charlotte Crampton-Smith capitalised on a Barnes error and provided the cross for Katie Hewitt to make it 2-0 with a tap-in.
Barnes put the Hawks defence under pressure after the break, but could not find a way past the formidable Hudson.
Oxford University remain top of South Clubs League Division 2 after a 2-2 draw against Eastcote, but their lead is down to a single point.
Oxford won the basement battle away to relegation rivals Wycombe 1-0 to keep alive their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Goals from Emily Court (2) and Kasey Butler gave Oxford Hawks 2nd a 3-0 win over Oxford 2nd to stay top of Division 3A.
Bicester were too good for Maidenhead 3rd as they ran out 6-2 winners in Trysports Three-Counties League Premier 1.
After going a goal down inside ten minutes, Bicester led 3-1 at the break as Meg Scott, Ruth Thomas and Emma Gordon found the net.
Two more goals from Ella Weston and a second for Gordon wrapped it up, before Maidenhead added a late second.
Oxford Hawks 3rd 1 (R Black), Banbury 2nd 1; Oxford Hawks 4th 2, Wychwood 0; Oxford Hawks 5th 2 (J Wells), Banbury 4th 2; Oxford Hawks 6th 6 (O Strickland 3, M Joyner 2, C Strickland), Buckingham 4th 5; Oxford Hawks Masters 2 (R Black, V Easton), Wycombe Masters 3; Milton Keynes 3rd 2, Bicester 2nd 2 (C Cochrane, S Webb).
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