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Weekend Review Oldham Hockey Club
Monday 12th March 2018 @ 10:35 by Mark Phillip
Sports

10/3/18

Oldham Ladies 1s vs Triton Ladies 1s
Away
NTWHL Div 2 SW

Oldham traveled to Alsager to face Triton in another crucial relegation fight. The away side were nervy to start and couldn’t get their passing game going. Despite having possession for most of the half, Oldham soon found themselves behind. They were caught several times on the break due to giving possession away, and Triton had two goals disallowed. They did, however, manage to score on their third attempt. Louise Howard-Sandy has several opportunities for Oldham but the shots went wide. In the second half, Oldham fought back, and with a direct ball from captain Daisy May Lord up to Howard-Sandy she took on the defenders and squared the ball for a cool finish from Fran Barlow. Oldham continued to dominate the game with Triton only managing the occasional counter-attack, despite being the home side. Oldham went direct again and got a second when Yvonne Jackson received it on the right side of the goal; she pulled it back giving Louise Howard-Sandy a tap-in at the far post. The defence held firm and goalkeeper Sarah Simpson was vocal in leading a disciplined finish to the game.

This win has moved Oldham to 8th in the league on goal difference making survival fairly likely, but with three home games left they’ll be aiming for at least another six points.

By Daisy May Lord

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Oldham Ladies 3s vs Horwich Ladies 1s
Away
GMWHL Div 3

Oldham’s 3rd XI travelled away to play Horwich, who have recently secured promotion into Div 2, and proved themselves to be a formidable opponent in the home fixture. This match saw two prominent members of the club return to the hockey field after some time away – Lauren Bates and Laurie Boon – which gave a much needed morale boost in a tough game. Horwich pressed Oldham for much of the first half, and put away four goals. After a few near misses for Oldham, Emily Vynne scored from a short corner just before the break. In the second half, Oldham never gave up, and they upped their defensive game as the opponents only managed to score two more goals. Oldham’s 3rd XI need to win their last two remaining games to avoid relegation.

By Karen Lord

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11/3/18

Oldham Ladies 2s vs Salford Uni 1s
Home @ Newman college
GMWHL Div 2

Oldham’s 2nd XI are running with the league, sitting very comfortably at the top of Division Two, currently 15 points clear. They continued their unbeaten season this weekend with a win against Salford University. Having already secured promotion, Oldham are not letting their standards drop, and are aiming to finish the season undefeated. With 14/14 wins and four games remaining, their determination is as strong as ever.

The first half of the clash with Salford was a tough battle for Oldham; some of the Salford players had impressive skill and fitness levels. However, Oldham kept cool and played their own game, and they soon took the lead from a powerful strike from player of the match Gillian Jones. After the break, Oldham maintained much of the possession, and had numerous short corners which they failed to convert due to the resilience of the Salford back-line. However, Ashleigh Wilson and Yvonne Jackson linked up well, with Wilson setting Jackson up for her 10th goal of the season. Oldham held on to their clean sheet, with ‘keeper Jen Green making an impressive last minute save. Full time score 2-0 to Oldham.

By Hayley Jackson

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Oldham Ladies 4s vs City of Manchester Ladies 3s
GMWHL friendly league

The sun finally came out for an Oldham game this year. As soon as Oldham saw the opposition they knew it was going to be a tough match. The 4s faced a squad of experienced players, many from teams in higher divisions. The first half started well, and Carole Shockledge scored a quick goal after a great pass from Daisy Shepherdson. However, COM responded quickly with two goals in quick succession. The rest of the first half saw Oldham trying to protect their goal. The Oldham defence charged out fiercely at every short corner, not intimidated by the attacking line up. Before half time, COM managed to score another few goals despite some good battling from the defence.
After an encouraging half-time pep-talk, Oldham ran back on with renewed determination. In this half, Oldham had many more scoring opportunities and had several shots at goal with frustrating results each time. The opposition’s defence were an impermeable barrier. The girls battled on until the final whistle, but COM managed to sneak a few more in the net before the end. The final score was 7-1 but Oldham are holding their heads high as the opposition had the upper hand with experienced players. Regan Lord, the 13 year old ‘keeper, made her teammates proud by not giving up. Every player showed incredible bravery, determination and stamina throughout the match.

By Poppy Shepherdson