Weekend Review Oldham Hockey Club
Monday 26th March 2018 @ 14:04 by Mark Phillip


Oldham Ladies 1s vs Timperley Ladies 2s
Home @ Newman College

Oldham 1s faced Timperley 2s at home, playing to not only confirm safety but try to climb to mid table.
It was shaky start with Oldham losing possession too many times and Timperley having successive penalty corners. The defence held strong and rode the wave of attack from the away team. Oldham looked dangerous on the break and started to get a foothold in the game. A penalty corner saw a 1-2 between Rachael Johnson and Louise Howard-Sandy who lifted the ball coolly past the Timperley goalkeeper to break the deadlock. Oldham and Howard-Sandy got a second through another lifted shot from the narrowest of angles after a swift passing move started from defence. It was 2-0 at half time to the home team going for their third win in a row. The second half saw a Timperley onslaught of penalty corners but the defence, and player of the match goalkeeper Sarah Simpson, held strong. Oldham are now 8th and on top form, looking to leapfrog Bolton to 7th with their last game of the season on the 7th April v Prescot.

By Daisy May Ward


Oldham Ladies 4s vs Stockport Bramhall Ladies 5s
GMWHL friendly League

It was a beautiful morning at Bramhall for the 4s last game of the season and they were determined to get the win. Oldham started the match dominantly and Millie Fraser got one in the net within the first ten minutes. Bramhall fought back several times but Oldham’s defence held strong. Just before Carol Shockledge came off she scored a scorching second goal for Oldham. At the half-time whistle, the 4s bounced off the pitch excited about their 2-0 lead. After half-time, Bramhall came back strongly but Oldham matched them with Daisy Shepherdson and Holly McMillan making great runs down the wings. Unfortunately Bramhall scored against the run of play. Oldham had to fight back again, and Shepherdson took the ball down the pitch and passed to Fraser who scored another goal for Oldham. Bramhall came back again scoring another goal to make the score 3-2. The tension on and off the pitch was high! Ten minutes from the end a long delay developed through umpires deliberations, resulting in a Bramhall player being sent off. After the delay the 4s lost their previous flow completely. Until the final whistle defence came under constant attack with many short corners, however the 4s hung on until the final whistle. A very well deserved win, and a great way to end the season.

By Poppy Shepherdson



Oldham Ladies 2s vs Rochdale Ladies 1s


It was the final game of a very successful season for the 2nd XI on Sunday. Although Oldham had already secured promotion, captain Lisa Meanock wouldn’t allow for any complacency from her side, and wanted the determination to continue to the end. Rochdale were fighting to avoid relegation, and so had everything to play for. Oldham started strong, and had the majority of the possession and putting the Rochdale ‘keeper under some serious pressure. However, Rochdale’s defending was impressive and the Oldham forwards found it difficult to penetrate. Rochdale were the first to score, with a fast break against the run of play. This seemed to spur Oldham on, and Debra Allcock soon equalised with a powerful strike into the far corner of the net. After the break, Oldham continued to attack the Rochdale goal, but again found it difficult to find the back of the net. Mother and daughter, Yvonne Jackson and Ashleigh Wilson, linked up well down the wing, leading to a clean ball through the D to Ashleigh Hoyle, who cooly placed the ball past the ‘keeper to put Oldham ahead. As the final whistle went, there was celebratory cheers from the Oldham team and their loyal supporters. The 2nd XI are champions of the league and will be returning to division 1 next season. They got through the season with 17/18 wins, and conceding just 8 goals.

By Hayley Jackson