Squanderers 1-1 Oxford

Tom Bullock 15 February 2008

The second match of the day saw the Squanderers (the Men’s 3rd team) take on the Oxford Infrequents. A blistering start from Cambridge put Oxford on the back foot straight from the push back, playing the flowing style of hockey that had seen the team score 23 goals in the previous 3 games, Cambridge looked sure to score. The opportunity came when the Squanderers won a short corner, Nick Ford’s drag flick was saved, but the ball fell to Jonas Mueller and he calmly slotted it into the back of the Oxford goal.

Having gone one nil up, the light blues then seemed to rest on their laurels and the Infrequents got right back into the game.

A much more even period of play resulted in some Oxford pressure forcing Cambridge goalkeeper, Alan Douglass, to make some smart saves. Sadly the pressure told, and the Dark Blues managed to play the ball against a foot and were awarded a penalty stroke, this was duly scored and Oxford were back on level terms.

The rest of the game saw prolonged periods of pressure by both teams, but neither side had the quality to break the deadlock, and the result was an unsatisfying draw. Mention must go to man of the match, Jurriaan Taal, for his hard work in midfield. Although a draw, the trophy returns to its rightful home in Cambridge as a result of last years win.

The team must now refocus and turn their attentions to the league campaign where their chance of promotion is very much alive.

Currently lying in third place, and on a long unbeaten streak the rest of the season looks very exciting and possibly, hugely successful.

Tom Bullock