The men’s Blues arrived at University Parks on a fine Wednesday afternoon full of confidence after the previous week’s narrow defeat to Bath. With first team keeper Steve out injured, young Alex stepped up to the crease playing his first game in goal after only one training session against a strong Bristol side.

Despite valiant attempts from Oxford’s George ‘I drink’ Dury, Bristol dominated the face offs all game, scoring quickly in the first quarter. Caught a little on their heels the Blues struggled to defend against a fast Bristol offence conceding several goals in rapid succession. At the other end of the pitch in offence Oxford looked much better comfortably spinning the ball around, with Captain Gabe Barrie finding the net for Oxford’s first goal.

The second quarter was much of the same with Bristol dodging well and firing in some strong outside shots with Oxford struggling to sink any at the opposite end. After a rousing half time team talk the Blues came out better in the third playing some high defence and making the slides to limit Bristol’s main attack men. Howells, George and Chris linked up well in midfield to find Bristol’s net on a couple of occasions.

In the final quarter Oxford battled hard as tempers flared on and off the pitch with Alex making some fine saves from the Bristol attack. Although down 18-5 in the last moments Chris won the final face and stormed through firing a bullet into Bristol’s goal on the buzzer. This was sadly disallowed despite Cyrus insisting that the goal would have stood “if we were in the US”.

Final score Oxford 5 – 18 Bristol, with lots of positives to be taken into next week’s game against Southampton.

Men's Blues - Wednesday 19th October 2016 - BUCS South Prem - Bristol Home