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HOCKEY: Oxton face tougher challenge than expected against Sheffield Uni
2:40pm Tuesday 5th February 2013 in Sport
OXTON hockey club men's first team faced Sheffield University Bankers who are in the low half of table, however it was a tighter affair than anticipated.
In the first half, the sides were neck and neck although Oxton showed more signs of scoring than Sheffield, but no one could break the deadlock.
It was a different scenario in the second half, with the home side pushing hard for a goal, however their last touch letting them down.
Oxton finally broke through with a brilliant deflection from Ali Parkes, the assist coming from Jonathan Hodgkinson.
From the restart, Sheffield where frantically trying to get a goal back and turned the match into an end to end battle.
However, Oxton stayed focused and put a second goal in to seal the game, another great deflection, but this time from Ali Mackenzie.
The last few minutes of the game saw Bankers press hard to break through, but the whistle sounded and Oxton had earned another three points to keep them top the table.
They take on Formby HC away next Saturday who are struggling for points at the bottom of the league.