‘We just need to keep on win­ning to claim the ti­tle’

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KEEP win­ning and the ti­tle is ours – that was the mes­sage from Greg Causer to his Ger­rards Cross Hockey Club team-mates this week.

The Cross ne­go­ti­ated what proved to be a tricky tie against bot­tom club Ox­ford 5s to stay four points clear at the top of MBBO Divi­sion Three, hav­ing played a game more than se­cond-plaved Har­row.

The end game is in sight now, but the Cross know they can­not af­ford to drop any points, start­ing at home to Wok­ing­ham 2s on Satur­day.

They started brightly at Ox­ford and took the lead through Raj Ti­wana fol­low­ing a scram­ble in the D, and al­though the hosts pulled a goal back, Henry White con­verted a short cor­ner just be­fore half-time to give Cross the lead.

An­other well-worked short cor­ner, af­ter the break saw Causer strke home past the div­ing keeper, but Ox­ford pulled back a bizarre goal fol­low­ing a mix-up be­tween Rob Heathcote and Nivraj Jas­sar, when the ball ap­peared to be go­ing out of play.

But the best move of the day saw the Cross ex­tend their lead, Jamie Gar­dener de­fy­ing a hang­over to sprint down the right and cross for Causer to bag his se­cond, be­fore Mike Thomp­son com­pleted the scor­ing.

Causer said: “We should have had more goals, but with three more points recorded, and only five games left, we re­main top of the divi­sion and just need to keep win­ning.”

Mean­while, it was a painful day for ladies team skip­per Sarah Moun­sey, who was left with a bruised wrist af­ter be­ing struck hard by a short cor­ner.

But she will have been cheered up on the side­lines by Kirsty Craig’s twogoal dis­play, which helped se­cure a 3-1 win over Abing­don Ladies in Trys­ports Divi­sion One. They host Ox­ford Ladies 4s this Satur­day.

Ger­rards Cross Hockey team’s Greg Causer in

ac­tion against Ox­ford 5s

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