Aylesbury Hockey Club’s men have labelled their next two games – both away from home – as ‘massive’ after a 4-0 drubbing from in-form league leaders Oxford.
The men knew they faced an uphill task and in the end Oxford proved too strong a side sending in four goals without reply.
Aylesbury played some good hockey at times but Oxford’s goals came at regular intervals, two in each half.
Steve Best made several good saves and the veteran centre backs of Mark Bowes and Matt Kiely dealt well with the pacy forward line for much of the game.
But Aylesbury failed to create chances of their own and once behind were always struggling to see where a goal might come from.
Alex Furness provided the biggest threat, attacking with pace down the right wing, and left forward Will Ebsworth offering some danger down the other flank.
The best chance fell to James Penson, put through my Chris McIntyre, but forced wide he failed to pick up the run of Paul Gregory and the Oxford defence dealt with it. By that time Oxford were already 3-0 up and the game was over.
Aylesbury now have two massive away games coming up leading into the Christmas break, with trips to the two bottom placed teams, Staines seconds and Witney.
The team know points are vital if they are to avoid a relegation scrap later in the season.