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HOCKEY: Dark Blues hold on against Hawks
11:00am Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in Sport
Oxford Hawks men lost 3-2 at home to Oxford University in their South Premier League Premier 1 opener.
With less than ten minutes to go, Hawks trailed 2-0 before Dave Cresswell deflected in a cross to make it 2-1.
Hawks then let in a third from a defensive error. With two minutes left, Hawks got a second from Ric Corbett’s reverse-stick shot.
Patience paid off for Oxford as they won 2-0 at home to newly-promoted Staines 2nd in their first Regional Division 1 match of the season.
Despite moving the ball around well, Oxford were unable to break through in the first half.
The second half followed in much the same vein, with Oxford dictating the play, and eventually they broke the deadlock.
After a ball into the D was not properly cleared, Mark Carpenter pounced.
And ten minutes later Oxford’s second arrived in similar fashion, this time Dan Pilbeam applying the finishing touch.
That seemed to stir Staines into action, and Oxford keeper Chris Mitty finally had a save to make from a short corner to preserve a clean sheet.
In Regional 2, Oxford 2nd pulled off a last gasp 3-2 win away to West Hampstead 2nd.
Oxford twice trailed, but fought back to equalise with a far-post goal from Hughes and strike from a short corner by Ben White.
Oxford kept attacking and new signing Hendrick Wolleswinkel to snatch victory in the last move of the game.
In the same division, Witney recorded an emphatic 5-1 victory over South Bucks who had six players sent off at various stages of the match.
Tim Hardy was the star with a hat-trick, Jules Easterbrook and Jacob Deacom chipped in with their other two goals.
SOUTH LEAGUE RESULTS.
Regional 1: Sonning 2, Oxford Hawks 2nd 7 (J Biggs 3, D Gilbert 2, D Paynter, R Craig).
MBBO Div 1: Oxford 3rd 7 (Harvey, Burke, Lawrence, Small 2, Brougham, OG), British Airways 1.
MBB&O Div 2: Oxford Hawks 3rd 6 (M Crowley 3, S Dawson 2, T Simpson), West Hampstead 3rd 0.
MBBO Div 3: Oxford 4th (B Hudson, H Tasker) 2, Oxford 5th 2 (J Bissell 2) MBBO Div 4: South Bucks 0, Witney 2nd 1 (H Collins).
MBB&O Div 5: Eastcote 5th 0, Oxford Hawks 4.
Open divs: Oxford Hawks 5th 1 (C Darby), Wallingford 4th 3; Oxford Hawks 6th 1, Wallingford 5th 6; Oxford Hawks Falcons 8 (P Bennett 4, S Griffiths 2, P Dunnill, C Billington), Wokingham Vets 1; Oxford Hawks Senators 4 (D Robins 2, C Hutton, C Macfarlane), Old Kingdstonians Vets 4; Oxford 6th 4 (J Taylor, E Down, P de le Fargue, I Horner), Newbury & Thatcham 3rd 0; Oxford 7th 1 (M Hooper), Ashford 3rd 3; Oxford 8th 7, PHC Chiswick 6th 4; Oxford Hamsters 1 (J Jones) 1, Harrow 2nd 0; Witney 3rd 3 (A Birnie, N Vigar, P Button), Wycombe 5th 0; Witney 4th 0, Wycombe 6th 4.
Sunday: Oxford Hawks 5, London Academicals 1.