HOCKEY: Kirk treble seals safety

Bicester Foxcubs who competed at the England South Clubs’ Under 10 Championships. Pictured (from left): Tom Fox, Riley Chester, Alex Birtles, Stuart Lock (coach), Jaidon Mays, Edward Jolliffe, Matthew Lewis, Ben Bell, Owen Scott, Sean Lock, Willi

Bicester Foxcubs who competed at the England South Clubs’ Under 10 Championships. Pictured (from left): Tom Fox, Riley Chester, Alex Birtles, Stuart Lock (coach), Jaidon Mays, Edward Jolliffe, Matthew Lewis, Ben Bell, Owen Scott, Sean Lock, Willi

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Ben Kirk scored a superb second-half hat-trick as Bicester 2nd secured their place in MBB&O Division 5 after a 3-2 comeback victory at home to Leighton Buzzard 2nd.

Bicester started nervously and paid the price when Leighton took the lead.

The hosts had the ball in the net, but Kirk’s penalty corner strike was ruled out for being too high.

Leighton doubled their lead five minutes before the break.

The home side started the second half on the front foot and it paid off when they clawed one back.

Good work from Alan Edwards in the D allowed Kirk to open his account.

Midway through the half, Kirk levelled with a shot into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes from time, Kirk made no mistake to seal his treble folowing a penalty corner.

Bicester 3rd sealed promotion from Division 8, des-pite losing 5-4 to Bracknell 3rd.

Trailing 3-0, Trevor Jos-eph clawed one back.

A Nick Styles brace, both following penalty corners and Ben Hughes’s chip saw Bicester go 4-3 up.

But Bracknell hit back for victory.

Bicester Foxcubs Under 10 boys represented Oxfordshire at the England South Club Championships at Surbiton.

Despite battling displays, They lost 1-0 to Amersham & Chalfont in their opener, before going down to East Grinstead 2-0 and Guildford 6-0.

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