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Review Oldham Hockey Club
Monday 5th February 2018 @ 10:36 by Mark Phillip
Oldham Ladies’ 1s vs Bolton Ladies’ 1s
A cold Tuesday night saw Oldham’s first team in a rearranged league fixture away in Bolton. Oldham made a strong start with a good squad putting Bolton on the back foot but they couldn’t break the deadlock. Bolton looked like they may create something on the break but nothing meaningful came to fruition for either side in the first half. The second half saw a Bolton improvement but Oldham still had the better chances. A short corner was deflected in sharply by Amanda Smith at the post off a top-D strike which put the away side deservedly in the lead. Oldham held strong until the last 5 minutes where a build up of short corners for the home team eventually saw a straight strike fly in the net. Oldham felt harshly done-by having dominated most of the game but a good point away from home – unlucky to not take all three in their fight against relegation.


Oldham Ladies’ 1s vs Wilmslow Ladies’ 1s
Home @ Newman College
Saturday saw another league game in the first of a weekend double-header. Oldham headed away again to now top of the league Wilmslow 1s. With Captain Daisy Lord out injured again after a broken toe suffered against Urmston last week Lesley Bradbury stepped back up to the first team. Goalkeeper Sarah Simpson now back in net for her second week after a broken foot looked sharp but an even sharper and stronger Wilmslow scored two early goals to put Oldham on the back foot. Oldham weren’t able to get a hold on the game at all and went in at the break 3 nil down; wilmslow looking well worth their place at the top of the league. Wilmslow continued pressure all match but the second half saw Oldham step up and have more play in turn creating more chances. Tensions were rising with a sin bin awarded to both teams for a confrontation between Chidi Onuoha and a wilmslow winger. None of Oldham’s chances were clear cut and Wilmslow scored another on the break despite good performances by centre back Francesca Lees and ‘keeper Simpson. The game finished 4-0 to the home team.
Oldham Ladies 1s vs Didsbury Northern Ladies 4s
All Divs cup quarter final
Sunday’s game saw Oldham face an opposition from two leagues below in the All Divs cup. Didsbury Northern 4s traveled to Oldham and started with a 2-0 lead. Oldham were on the front foot from the off and Louise Howard-Sandy scored after trickery past the Didsbury defence. Howard-Sandy then squared a ball to the oncoming Rachael Johnson who had started the move deep in the centre of the field. Didsbury looked like they could capitulate but held on for approximately 10 minutes until Karen Rowley flicked reverse stick high into the net making it 3-2. Howard-Sandy scored again before half time finishing coolly past the Didsbury goalkeeper. The second half saw a continuation of dominance with experienced forward Rowley finishing off two moves to get her hat-trick. The game finished 6-2. Oldham were disappointed to not have scored more, but glad to have not conceded within the game. Didsbury’s goalkeeper was given player of the day by Oldham and the home team’s right back Chidi Onuoha was given player of the day by Didsbury.
Reports by Daisy Lord