Warriors give Oxford the blues

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

Welwyn keeper Jon Tiley saves an Oxford shot on goal

Welwyn keeper Jon Tiley saves an Oxford shot on goal

Oxford University 3 Welwyn Warriors 8 TRIUMPHANT Welwyn Warriors took a big step towards the SEMLA East Division One title on Saturday by defeating Oxford University. Playing in sunny and cold conditions in the lovely setting of the Oxford University Par

Hamish Tiley is on target with a shot on the Oxford goal

Oxford University 3 Welwyn Warriors 8

TRIUMPHANT Welwyn Warriors took a big step towards the SEMLA East Division One title on Saturday by defeating Oxford University.

Playing in sunny and cold conditions in the lovely setting of the Oxford University Parks, Welwyn won a tight and well contested match 8-3.

Lucas Salmins and Aaron Demant battle for possession

Kyle Witt claimed a hat-trick of goals for the Herts club.

Roger Ball and Steve Groves claimed two apiece, with Hamish Tiley netting the other goal.

Both sides showed each other a lot of respect in the first quarter of the game and concentrated on maintaining possession.

Clear-cut scoring chances were few and far between and Welwyn were satisfied with a 1-0 lead at the first break without ever playing fluently.

The second quarter was similarly closely contested with neither side being allowed many chances.

Oxford took the best opportunity that they created, while Welwyn's best moves ended with near misses or hitting the post.

That meant it was 1-1 at half-time, an unusually low score for lacrosse.

As expected, the game opened up a little more in the third quarter, with goal attempts becoming more common.

Welwyn started to work out the best way to beat the determined Oxford defence and by the end of the period were 5-2 ahead.

Oxford made a big push to get back on terms at the beginning of the final quarter, but resolute defending by Welwyn managed to hold them out.

As the quarter progressed, Warriors added to their score to keep the pressure on a tiring Oxford team.

In a game dominated by good defensive work by both sides, Welwyn's defence led by Chase Safarowiz played consistently well, supported by some tireless performances in midfield by Witt, Hamish Tiley, Aaron Demant and Groves.

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