Weekend Review Oldham Hockey Club
Monday 29th January 2018 @ 10:44 by Mark Phillip


Oldham Ladies’ 1s vs Urmston Ladies’ 1s

Oldham 1’s were playing Urmston 1’s at home in a six pointer. Oldham had a game in hand but Urmston were two points ahead and after the home side had turned their fortunes around in recent games and were unbeaten in six they were spurred on for a win. A sharp start from Oldham was soon cut short by Urmston who overloaded and scored on the break with an Urmston central midfielder sweeping in the top corner. Oldham fought back with possession but it was player of the match forward louise Howard-Sandy who dribbled past four defenders and slipped it past the keeper. Oldham’s second was scored by Karen Rowley and Oldham dominated the first half but Urmston hit an unstoppable penalty corner near to half time in the bottom left. At half time tensions were high but it was a tough fought match that both sides were enjoying. The second half began with captain Daisy May Lord off injured and with no substitute left for Oldham, they worked hard and limited Urmston to possession but no shots on target. Oldham looked dangerous and Karen Rowley smashed a ball against an Urmston defenders stick who cushioned it perfectly to louise Howard-Sandy who finished cooly. Rowley then had another shot against the Urmston keepers grill but the game finished a successful 3-2 to Oldham 1’s. Oldham are now third in form in the league despite being in the bottom half.


Oldham Ladies’ 4s vs Glossop Ladies’ 2s
Home @ Newman College
GMWHL friendly

Another successful weekend for Oldham’s development team with a win at home against Glossop 2s. The 4th XI demonstrated excellent skill and teamwork to execute a seamless 3-0 win over a more experienced side.

Oldham Mixed vs Didsbury Northern Mixed

Oldham’s mixed team continue to improve each week. A tough game against a formidable opposition saw Oldham fight until the end to secure a 3-3 draw in the dying seconds of the game. MOM Dan Tindall was impressive on his debut.

Oldham Ladies’ 3s vs Moss Park 2s
GMWHL Division 3

After a few unlucky results this season Oldham’s 3rd XI found themselves in seventh place at the start of the weekend. However, two solid team performances mean they end the weekend in third place in the Greater Manchester Hockey League Women’s 3rd Division.
Saturday saw them face Moss Park at the Armitage Centre in a late pushback. After only two minutes Oldham were already a goal down and faced strong pressure from Moss Park’s revamped XI. However, a change in formation at half time and Oldham came back fighting but still found themselves 2-0 down. A strong defence kept Moss Park at bay and allowed Ashleigh Wilson in midfield to connect up beautifully with the attack and soon Oldham were back in business with a goal from Katie Hargreaves. With only ten minutes to go Oldham again pushed forward and Lisa Staniland equalized for Oldham. Cries from Moss Park to get another goal to try and clinch the match were soon drowned out by Oldham cheers as Staniland scored again giving Oldham a much deserved 3-2 win moving them to 6th in the League.


Oldham Ladies’ 3s vs Didsbury Northern 6
Home @ Newman College
GMWHL Division 3

Sunday and Oldham found themselves at Newman College for a 12.30 pushback against Didsbury Northern 6’s. Again, an early goal from a short corner put Oldham a goal behind in a first half which was very much end to end.
After a half time team talk from captain Emily Vynne and another change in formation Oldham came back fighting. Formation holding and the team pushing up together, Oldham’s Millie Fraser equalised with a well worked goal. Not wanting to settle for a draw and seeing the opportunity, Oldham’s defence battled hard to keep Didsbury at bay enabling the midfield to work with the attack and soon another goal came, this time from Regan Lord. A fabulous and well earned 2-1 victory for Oldham sees them finish the weekend 3rd in the league.

Oldham ladies’ 4s vs Didsbury Northern 7s
Home @ Newman College
GMWHL friendly

Another win and clean sheet for the 4th XI in a very successful weekend. An impressive performance from the team led to a 5-0 win against Didsbury 7s. Excellent passing and powerful attempts on goal lead to a hat-trick for Freya McMahon, and one goal each for Carole Shockledge and Millie Fraser. Regan Lord was yet again a force to be reckoned with in the Oldham goal, producing some spectacular saves.

By Hayley Jackson