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Striders too good for Oxford
VETERANS hockey side Salisbury Striders put together a strong team to overcome Oxford Bulls 5- 2 in the Wessex Masters Cup on Saturday.
Striders dominated from the start and, despite forwards Andy Grandfield and Richard Harris being unable to capitalise on early chances, Greg Caswell put them ahead, ending a flowing team move.
A probing run from star man Colin Perkins saw him play a neat one-two with Grandfield in the D and score on his reverse side.
He went close soon after, shooting from a narrow angle, forcing a good save from the Oxford custodian.
Striders were moving the ball around extremely well, making Oxford chase the game and Andy Cowling made good use of some free space to push up from centre back and slot home his side’s third.
Oxford upped their game in the second half but the Striders were more than a match for them, the one blot being conceding a silly corner which was well converted.
Grandfield and Harris again had chances go begging before they combined well with a short corner, seeing Grandfield finally get on the scoresheet.
Perkins produced yet another of his mazy runs, beating three defenders before Adam Hillier poached the ball off his stick five yards out to shoot past the Oxford keeper.
In the last 15 seconds, the Striders conceded an even sillier penalty to see the score end 5-2.
- Salisbury under 12s boys Harriers played their first Wessex South league match of the season away to Southampton and won 3-2.
Salisbury Girls under 16s were victorious against Trojans, smashing them 7-0.