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Weekend Review Oldham Hockey Club
Monday 19th February 2018 @ 12:23 by Mark Phillip

Oldham Ladies’ 1s vs Sale Ladies’ 1s

Oldham 1s were away at Sale in the North Division 2 South West League. There wasn’t much to split the sides in the first 20 minutes with Oldham looking dangerous on the counter. A sharp break saw Louise Howard-Sandy slot past an experienced sale ‘keeper. Oldham bossed the midfield and built up more pressure with several penalty corners in succession. Rachael Johnson scored a second with a thunderbolt direct from the top of the D.
Sale had their chances from penalty corners but player of the day Jess Perry stood firm along with ‘keeper Sarah Simpson.
Oldham saw out the win to gain a very important three points in their relegation fight, and now climb to 8th in the table.

By Daisy Lord



Oldham Ladies’ 2s vs Urmston Ladies 2s

The 2nd XI maintained their impressive form this weekend with yet another victory, this time over Urmston. Oldham piled on the pressure from the start, maintaining much of the possession and producing some intimidating attacking play. Oldham took an early lead, with midfielder Hayley Jackson sending a well-placed ball through the Urmston defence to find Ashleigh Wilson, who smoothly slotted it past the ‘keeper. However, Urmston proved to be fast on the break and followed up with an equaliser before half time, catching the Oldham defence off-guard. After the break, Oldham continued their attacking play, and soon enough saw themselves ahead with Ashleigh Hoyle finding Yvonne Jackson in the D, whose powerful strike found the back of the net. Urmston had a few more chances but could not break the solid defence of the home side. A great ball from Lorna McGuiness allowed Rachel Cherryholme to top it off for Oldham with a goal in the last 5 minutes of play. Full time 3-1 to Oldham.

By Hayley Jackson


Oldham Ladies’ 4s vs Bolton Ladies’ 3s
GMWHL friendly league

For once it wasn’t raining or snowing. Coaches Jeremy and Amanda tried out a new formation with the 4s, shuffling their play. Oldham was a scratch team of 11 thanks to two 3rd team players stepping in to make up the numbers. The opposition was a very fast playing team so with no subs Oldham became tired quickly. Bolton took advantage of all opportunities and quickly scored their first goal. Oldham’s tactics and team layout were changed and took them a while to adjust and settle into the speed of the game. At half time Bolton were comfortably ahead, and Oldham went into a team talk looking tired but not deflated. Despite coming out strongly in the second half Oldham failed to score a goal where as Bolton took every opportunity to score. It was a tough game for all players with everyone playing out of normal positions, providing a great learning game. Full time score 7-0.

By Poppy Shepherdson