Time runs out as Eastcote chase point

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS -

EASTCOTE suf­fered their first de­feat of the sea­son when a late fight-back at Ox­ford came up short on Satur­day.

This bat­tle of sec­ond ver­sus third al­ways looked likely to be close, but the vis­i­tors were on the back foot from the start and a fin­ish from a tight an­gle and a de­flected short cor­ner soon had Ox­ford 2-0 to the good.

Kevin Haigh hit back shortly be­fore half-time to cut the ar­rears to one, but the hosts stretched their lead to three with two fur­ther goals after the re­sump­tion.

Haigh’s sec­ond goal and one from David Cooper threat­ened to pinch a point for Eastcote, but time ran out on them. As a re­sult, they dropped to fourth while Ox­ford reached the sum­mit.

Eastcote will hope to re­sume win­ning ways on Satur­day at home to strug­gling Son­ning.

At the other end of the ta­ble, there was bet­ter news for Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’, who en­joyed their first win of the cam­paign at the ex­pense of Mar­low.

They left it late to win a match of few chances; there were just five min­utes left on the clock when the ball fell to Ed Richards on the penalty spot and he slot­ted it be­tween the vis­it­ing keeper’s legs for the only goal of the game.

OMTs will at­tempt to make it two wins on the spin when they travel to PHC Chiswick this week­end.

In Mid­dle­sex Di­vi­sion Two, there was no joy for Old Ux­o­ni­ans Ladies, who lost 3-1 at Im­pe­rial Med­i­cal.

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