Wanderers 2-2 Oxford

David Saunders 15 February 2008

The Wanderers (the Men’s 2nd team) were full of confidence going into this year’s varsity match having destroyed everyone they have played this term so far. The game started high paced and hugely competitive as both teams battled hard in a customarily scrappy opening. Oxford managed to control their nerves the best and opened the scoring with a reverse stick shot from close range.

The Wanderers came straight back and got the equaliser when Jonny Knight burst through from the left and crossed the ball only to see the Oxford keeper put the ball in his own net. With honours even at half time, the Wanderers came out firing in the second half and played some exquisite hockey. Nick “potato head” Shipley dominated the midfield and Nikolai Bode caused the opposition huge problems upfront with his pace and superb control. However it required a moment of brilliance from Jack Yelland to take the lead as he managed to beat three Oxford players before slotting home.

With the one goal lead and the Wanderers defence, led by man of the match Mike McLean, able to repel anything Oxford had to offer the team was in a good position.

But Oxford had the last word. They scored the equaliser from a short corner. With the final score 2-2, the Wanderers retain the trophy having won the game last year. Captain Jonny knight was very emotional after the match “I’m very proud of the boys and their effort today. It has been an honour captaining them this year and we can’t wait to host Oxford next year as we feel we have some unfinished business.” Congratulations to he players on a terrific performance and good luck for the rest of the season.

David Saunders