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2017 Season Review

Following a historic 2016 season which saw the Saints claim a undefeated record and a 3rd championship title, expectations were high for the success to continue into Division 1.

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Head Coach Andrew Day always wants to give his players a firm test at the start and this tradition continued with friendly fixtures against the premiership Farnham Knights and the Division 2 North champions, Leicester Falcons.

With a large number of returning veterans and a number of rookies, Oxford entered the preseason with a healthy squad size but were lacking experience at the quarterback position. Their American quarterback Destin Maulding lead the 2016 team to a Division 2 championship but left before the 2017 season.

Oxford were defeated in both preseason games but they achieved Andrew Day’s aim of testing his players against strong opponents whilst getting rookies their first experience of American Football.

Leicester Falcons RB Taylor Brown – By Jamie Stancombe


During the offseason, Maulding returned to the US and there was a hole at the quarterback position. Competition for the spot came from Ben Denton who was the quarterback for the Saints playoff season in 2015, but dropped out due to illness towards the end and missed the majority of the 2016 season too.

Kyle Swann was the #2 quarterback in 2016. It was his first year at the position and he took over from Destin Maulding in some games but overall had limited experience.

During the Division 2 South Final however, Maulding suffered a hamstring injury before half time and Swann steadied the ship for the remainder of the game, helping Oxford secure a 24-2 win over the Cambridgeshire Cats.

Up next was Marcus Alphonso, a young quarterback joining the Saints who had some experience at youth but no kitted football. With lots of potential and a strong arm, Alphonso saw game time early in 2017 but stood down for the remainder of the season and it is not yet known if he’ll be back in 2018.

Training in the 3G dome – Oxford Academy


Regular Season

Placed in the SFC1 Central following promotion in 2016, the Saints were alongside Sussex, Solent, South Wales and Ouse Valley. Due to the 5 team conference, it was decided that the Saints would play Sussex and Ouse Valley three times and two games against both Solent and South Wales.

Oxford soundly beat South Wales, Ouse Valley and Solent Thrashers throughout the year but lost all three games against the Sussex Thunder, including a very close 13-12 defeat.

The later stages of the season saw the Saints stumble and take heavy losses from Solent and the Ouse Valley Eagles on the return visits, dealing a severe blow to their playoff hopes.

Game 1 – LOSS – Oxford VS Sussex

Entering their second year at Oxford’s new home venue Tilsley Park, the Saints began the season by hosting the Sussex Thunder.

A tough opponent who were promoted to Division 1 in 2015, they were also responsible for knocking Oxford out of the playoffs in the 2015 quarter final 50-13.

In the opening game of the 2017 season, the Saints struggled against the conference favourites and did not find the endzone until the 3rd quarter when James Walter scored on a 43 yard touchdown run. By this point however, the Thunder were up 35-8 and claimed their first win of the year.

Oxford 8-35 Sussex

RB Tony Glover – By Jamie Stancombe

Game 2 – WIN – Oxford @ South Wales

Their first away game of the year, Oxford travelled to South Wales to take on the Warriors, who were recently competing in the premier division but asked for voluntary relegation due to concerns of completing another season at the top level.

Rookie quarterback Marcus Alphonso made his first start in the game and led the Saints to a narrow 13-6 victory in a scrappy affair.

South Wales made progress in the air with 208 passing yards whilst Oxford stuck with their reliable ground and pound game, including a 156 yard / 2 touchdown performance by James Walter.

Oxford 13-6 South Wales

Rookie QB Marcus Alphonso – By Chris Janes

Game 3 – WIN – Oxford VS Ouse Valley

Two teams that had not yet met on the field, the Ouse Valley Eagles were formed a few years ago in a merger between the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders and the Milton Keynes Pathfinders.

The Saints put on a strong display at Tilsley Park to secure a 35-14 win. The game started close with both teams delivering touchdowns in the first quarter and former Saint Mike Turner causing damage with the Eagles defensive unit, claiming two interceptions.

A half time score of 14-14 was converted to 35-14 in Oxford’s favour with Tony Glover running in three touchdowns in the second half and a strong defensive performance which allowed only 54 yards to the Eagles.

Oxford 35-14 Ouse Valley

RB Tony Glover – Photo by Gareth Brown

Game 4 – LOSS – Oxford @ Sussex

The first of two back to back road games against the Thunder, Oxford were handed a 26-14 loss in Brighton.

The day started well with a competitive first quarter but the Saints fell behind when Sussex scored three touchdowns in quick succession. This sent Oxford into half time with a 19-0 deficit when the game was 0-0 just a few minutes earlier.

Oxford’s defense improved in the second half and held the high-powered Thunder offense to just one score, along with gaining 3 interceptions.

The offense found their momentum and put together sustained scoring drives with James Walter picking up 2 touchdowns, but couldn’t overcome the half time hole.

Oxford 14-26 Sussex

QB/RB James Walter – Photo by Jamie Stancombe

Game 5 – LOSS – Oxford @ Sussex

The third and final game against the Thunder was a much closer afternoon. The Saints suffered an agonising 13-12 defeat after having the lead in the 4th quarter.

It was a strong performance all game long, especially from the defense and a missed extra point was the decider.

The Thunder finished the 2017 season with a perfect 10-0 record but no doubt feel lucky that their year was not tarnished with a loss to the Saints in this matchup.

Oxford 12-13 Sussex

RB Tony Glover – Photo by Jamie Stancombe

Game 6 – WIN – Oxford VS Solent

After two defeats in three weeks at the hands of Sussex, the Saints needed to return to winning ways and did so in style with a 33-14 victory against the Solent Thrashers at home.

With James Walter at quarterback for the majority of the game, he had a star performance throwing 2 touchdowns to Sam Armstrong and running in another 2 himself, whilst picking up 142 rushing yards.

The defense however were less effective in the air which was exposed by quarterback Bradley Sawyers and the Thrashers offense, with the visitors getting 211 passing yards against the Saints.

Oxford 33-14 Solent

QB/RB James Walter – By Jason Brown

Game 7 – WIN – Oxford VS South Wales

Their only shut out of the season came against the former premier side with a dominating 42-0 win at Tilsley Park, sealing relegation for the Warriors to Division 2.

Both the offense and the defense were on form, with the Saints securing a 28-0 lead at half time and adding a further 14 points in the second half.

The defense were a formidable force allowing only 75 total yards, including 2 sacks and 1 interception.

Oxford 42-0 South Wales

QB/RB James Walter – By Gareth Brown

Game 8 – LOSS – Oxford @ Ouse Valley

The turning point of the season, the Saints stumbled on a visit to Bedfordshire and suffered a 20-6 defeat.

The defense struggled to stop big plays from the towering running back Jamahl Alert and the offense gained 340 yards compared to 223 by the Eagles, but couldn’t convert it into points.

With the Saints previously expected to finish number 2 in the conference, the next 2 games became must-win’s in order to keep that goal alive.

Oxford 6-20 Ouse Valley

RB Jamhal Alert – By Jamie Stancombe

Game 9 – LOSS – Oxford @ Solent Thrashers

With a defeat from the Eagles in Game 8, the Saints could not afford another loss as there were now three teams who could finish the season with a 5-5 record (Oxford, Ouse Valley and Solent).

The Saints dealt with the Thrashers earlier in game 6 but struggled on the road to Southampton in a 40-21 loss. With key running back James Walter not kitting up for the game and Tony Glover also sidelined for the majority of it, the Saints were without their best offensive weapons.

Kyle Swann put in a good shift at quarterback but Oxford’s limited passing game could not keep pace with Solent’s, which saw Bradley Sawyers slinging three touchdowns to Dayle Greenfield alone.

Oxford 21-40 Solent

RB Antonios Athanasiou – By Chris Janes

Game 10 – WIN – Oxford VS Ouse Valley

With elimination from the playoffs now looking likely following the loss to the Thrashers, the Saints required both a win over the Eagles and for the 0-9 South Wales Warriors to defeat the Thrashers in their final game.

Oxford took a 14-3 lead at half time with Tony Glover and Sam Armstrong finding the endzone, but the visitors crept back in with big plays from Kase Chibwe who scored two touchdowns and Nick Tilbury threw a third.

In rainy weather, the Saints took back the lead late in the 4th quarter with a 34 yard field goal from Sam Fielden, followed by a defensive stop on the next Eagles drive to seal the win.

With Solent defeating the Warriors competently on the same day, Oxford were eliminated from the playoff race but claimed the 3rd spot in the SFC1 Central conference.

Oxford 24-22 Ouse Valley

WR/K Sam Fielden makes a 34 yd field goal to win the game – By Gareth Brown


Although a 5-5 record for their first year back in Division 1, the Saints would have had their eyes set on another playoff run following wins over the Warriors, Thrashers and Eagles. All they had to do was repeat those performances to secure the #2 spot behind the undefeated Sussex Thunder.

Losses on the road to Ouse Valley and Solent proved their undoing, with the Game 9 loss to Solent being the finishing blow.

Oxford relied on their strong run game and tough defense this year, with only 2 receiving touchdowns (both in Game 6 by Sam Armstrong).

The lack of a established quarterback may have also caused the Saints to lean on their run game more frequently. Running backs James Walter and Tony Glover continued to be the foundation of the offense, contributing the most touchdowns throughout the year.

The addition of a new receivers coach late in the season should help improve Oxford’s passing threat in 2018.

2017 Team (not all present) – By Chris Janes

Whilst the season may have ended sooner than hoped, Oxford can build on it’s success for 2018 and the Saints will be pleased that they ran the conference champions Sussex the closest.

With Division 1 playoffs starting soon, it will soon be determined which team from the south will be earning promotion to the top premiership tier.

South Wales are confirmed for relegation to Division 2 so there will be a vacant spot in the SFC1 Central conference, likely to be filled by another team being promoted to Division 1 but it is also possible that the league will re-align the conferences.

Either way, expect the Saints to be facing some new teams in 2018.

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Oxford 24 – 22 Ouse Valley | Game Summary



On Sunday 30th July the Oxford Saints closed their Division 1 season in style with a 24-22 home victory over the Ouse Valley Eagles.

The Saints and Eagles faced each other three times this season, with Oxford coming out on top in two of those contests.

They gained a decisive 35-14 win on 7th May at home, then stumbled to a 20-6 loss on the road in a surprising defeat, but avenged it with the win last Sunday at Tilsley Park.

A exciting game from start to finish, the Saints began with the ball and drove into Eagles territory before quarterback Kyle Swann was intercepted.

QB Kyle Swann – By Gareth Brown

The Ouse Valley offense took over but faced a tough defensive front from Oxford, with Spencer Duffy and Conor Whitehouse sacking quarterback Nick Tilbury for a loss of yards. On 4th down, the Eagles attempted to punt but the ball was not set in place and was eventually downed for a further loss of 8 yards.

Swann and the Saints offense took over on the 3 yard line and running back Tony Glover charged up the middle for the opening score. Sam Fielden kicked the extra point to give Oxford a early 7-0 lead.

With Jamahl Watson moving the ball on the ground for the Eagles, the visiting team found the scoreboard in the 2nd quarter with a 28 yard field goal from Mike Turner.

7-3 Oxford

RB Tony Glover – By Gareth Brown

The Saints hit back immediately and marched steadily across the field.

Good running from Glover and Sam Armstrong brought them close to the endzone, with Armstrong entering from 7 yards out on a reverse play for the touchdown. Fielden’s kick went through for the extra point.

14-3 Oxford

On offense, the Eagles were making progress in the air with back to back grabs from Ryan Bowtell but they were unable to get into scoring distance before the end of the half.

QB Nick Tilbury hands the ball to Jacob Givens – By Gareth Brown


The visitors began with the ball in the 3rd quarter but a tackle for a loss of yards by George Wright and another stop from Martin Fitzpatrick brought on the Eagles punt team on 4th down.

Oxford added a quick score on just the 2nd play of the next drive when Glover escaped up the sideline and out paced the Ouse Valley defenders for a 54 yard touchdown run. Another good kick from Fielden gave the Saints a 21-3 advantage.

21-3 Oxford

RB Tony Glover – By Gareth Brown

The Eagles made changes in their offense with Kase Chibwe and Jacob Givens getting the bulk of the work, including some direct snaps to Chibwe. They progressed to the Saints endzone with Chibwe running in for the score. A 2 point conversion attempt failed.

21-9 Oxford

More running from Chibwe and Givens kept the offense moving and Chibwe broke through defenders for a 27 yard touchdown run to narrow the gap. Mike Turner attempted to add a extra point but the ball was not set in place.

21-15 Oxford

A short drive from the Saints saw them having to punt the ball away on 4th down, after picking up minimal gains from Glover and a incomplete pass intended for Dre Kays. A short punt however gave the Eagles good field position, starting on the Saints 28 yard line.

Oxford looked set to make a defensive stand after tackles from George Wright and Dean Bryan, but on 4th down Tilbury threw a pass to Akintunde Adewale over the middle for a 24 yard touchdown. This time Turner was able to kick the extra point and the Eagles took the lead.

22-21 Ouse Valley

RB Kase Chibwe – By Gareth Brown

Deep in the 4th quarter, it was vital for Oxford to maintain possession of the football but their next drive stalled and they were forced to punt again.

With the Eagles offense back on the field, they were stopped in the backfield with a tackle from Monica Lewinska for a loss of 2 yards and then a fumbled ball was recovered by Michael Bearman, giving the Saints possession again.

Taking over on the Eagles 21 yard line, Oxford faced a tough defense and on 3rd down Glover was tackled for a loss of 2 yards. Attempting to take back the lead, head coach Andrew Day called for a field goal and Sam Fielden kicked the ball through straight through from 34 yards out.

24-22 Oxford

WR/K Sam Fielden makes a 34 yd field goal to win the game – By Gareth Brown

With everything riding on the final drive for Ouse Valley, they picked up 18 yards and a first down but struggled to make gains in the air with Misha Brookes breaking up the pass.

On 3rd down, Sam Stancombe tackled the ball carrier for a loss and a 4th down pass attempt to Adewale was batted down in the air by Martin Fitzpatrick.

With under 2 minutes remaining, the Saints played it safe and ran down the clock with Kyle Swann taking a knee to see out the game.

24-22 Oxford – FINAL SCORE

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After a unexpected heavy defeat to the Solent Thrashers on 23rd July, the Saints were on the back foot in the playoff race and needed two things to happen to stay on track. Firstly, a victory over the Eagles and for the 0-9 South Wales Warriors to pull off a win over Solent.

Whilst Oxford beat the Eagles, the Warriors fell to the Thrashers in a earlier kickoff on the same day and the game between the Saints and Eagles was to determine who would be 3rd in the conference.

Oxford 21 – 40 Solent | Game Summary


On Sunday 23rd July the Saints hope for playoff football took a blow when they were on the wrong side of a 40-21 scoreline in Southampton.

With QB/RB James Walter unavailable for the game and running back Tony Glover in a limited capacity, the Saints were without their two main weapons on offense and the difference showed.

Oxford struck first despite having to punt on their opening drive when a Solent player touched the ball, making it available to be claimed by either team. With the Saints diving on the ball, the offense came back out with improved field position.

Rookie receiver Dominic Johnson – By Chris Janes

With 2nd year quarterback Kyle Swann leading the unit, he connected with veteran receiver Sam Armstrong for a 24 yard gain and just short of the goal line.

The ball was then handed to Antonios Athanasiou who ran it in for the touchdown from 1 yard out. Sam Fielden kicked the extra point to give the Saints the early lead.


Oxford’s defense claimed a 1 yard sack on Solent’s drive as Conor Whitehouse brought down quarterback Bradley Sawyers behind the line.

On the next play however, a mis-aligned coverage resulted in Sawyers completing a deep pass to Dayle Greenfield for a 63 yard touchdown. Samuel Scott attempted to run the ball in for a 2 point conversion but failed.


Receiver Dayle Greenfield – By Jamie Stancombe

The Thrashers moved the ball well and in the 2nd quarter Sawyers connected with Greenfield again, this time for a 45 yard touchdown. Scott ran through to add the extra 2 points.

On their next drive, they kept the ball on the ground and picked up several first downs as they approached the endzone. Tom Borsay added their next score running in from 1 yard out, with another failed 2 point conversion.


With Oxford down by two scores at the half, the Saints defense were struggling to stop the big passing plays from Sawyers and Greenfield, along with their own offense being slow to make gains.

The Saints defenders made a stop at the beginning of the 3rd quarter with Whitehouse tackling the ball carrier for a loss on 4th down.

Both teams exchanged possession of the ball but it remained on the Saints half of the field, with the Thrashers unable to score and the Saints unable to make consistent yards.

A 23 yard run from Solent took them to the goal line and Borsay broke the deadlock. The ball was not put in place for the extra point kick and the attempt was no good.


By Jamie Stancombe

The Saints found relief early in the 4th quarter with Swann completing a 27 yard pass to rookie receiver Dre Kays. Tony Glover came onto the field for the first time in the game and combined with Luke Fry for first downs.

On 4th down, Swann completed a quick pass to Charlie Day for a 12 yard gain and the offense gained a crucial first down.

From 6 yards out, Richard Bloomer received the ball on a reverse play and ran into the endzone for Oxford’s first score since the first quarter. Glover added the extra 2 points.

26-15 SOLENT

Despite the Saints touchdown, the Thrashers continued to move the ball well against the defense and Adam Bowley scored on a 28 yard touchdown run on their next drive. Bowley also attempted the 2 point conversion but was unable to cross the line.

Oxford responded quickly with penalties against Solent giving the Saints improved field position. On 3rd down, Glover entered the endzone from 7 yards out but Fielden’s kick was blocked.

32-21 SOLENT

Jonny Dover – By Jamie Stancombe

The Thrashers showed their efficiency in the air with Sawyers completing another deep pass to Greenfield on the first play of the drive, who ran into the endzone for a 58 yard score and his 3rd of the day. Scott added the 2 points.


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With back to back losses against teams the Saints swiftly beat earlier in the season, Oxford are now at risk of missing the Division 1 playoffs.

To reclaim their spot, the Saints will need a win against the Eagles on Sunday 30th July and for the 0-9 South Wales Warriors to pull of a victory over the Thrashers on the same day.

Despite a disappointing 2nd half of the season, the Saints will be pleased that they were competitive in their first season back in Division 1 which included two close games against the undefeated conference champions, Sussex Thunder.


Oxford’s final game of the regular season is at Tilsley Park on Sunday 30th July against the Ouse Valley Eagles. Kick off is 14:30 PM.

Oxford 6 – 20 Ouse Valley | Game Summary


On Sunday 9th July, the Saints travelled to Bedfordshire for the 8th game of the regular season. Taking on the Eagles, the Saints were confident after a 2 game winning streak and a 35-14 victory over their opponent earlier in the year.

The Eagles however have found a burst of energy towards the end of their season with their squad bolstered by several new players. Running back Jamahl Watson amongst others have joined their roster and made an immediate impact.

Meanwhile, the Saints gained over 350 offensive yards and dominated possession of the football, but were unable to turn it into points on the scoreboard when it mattered.

QB/RB James Walter – By Chris Janes

With Oxford receiving the opening kickoff, both sides exchanged blows in the blistering heat with neither making any gains on their first drives and having to punt the ball away. A pass attempt on 3rd down from Eagles quarterback Nick Tilbury saw his receiver getting hit hard by defender Martin Fitzpatrick, breaking up the play.

The Saints with quarterback James Walter at the helm got a first down on their next drive but were unable to keep it going, resulting in another punt.

Oxford’s defense put pressure on the Eagles with linebacker Sam Stancombe bringing down Tilbury behind the line for a 8 yard sack.

Still in the first quarter, the Saints offense were making progress with running backs Ryan Kingshott and Tony Glover. A completed pass to Sam Armstrong on 4th down kept the drive alive. Oxford looked to get on the scoreboard first with a field goal attempt from 34 yards out, but the kick from Sam Fielden went wide right.

Now in the second quarter, the Eagles struck back immediately when Watson ran straight through the Saints defense. The towering player shrugged off would-be tacklers for a 80 yard touchdown run and showed good speed.

Mike Turner added the extra point, giving the home team a 7-0 lead.

7-0 Ouse Valley

The Saints responded with a drive across the field and big runs from Glover and Kingshott. From 2 yards out, Glover ran the ball in for the score but the 2 point conversion attempt failed.

Sam Armstrong makes the catch – by Chris Janes

7-6 Ouse Valley

Jamahl Watson caused panic again on the Eagles next drive, charging through for a 55 yard gain before going down with a apparent hamstring injury. Close to the Saints endzone, the defense made a stand with a tackle for a loss of yards from Spencer Duffy, bringing up 4th down.

The Eagles attempted a field goal from Mike Turner but it fell short of his target, forcing a turnover of possession.

The Saints had a shot at gaining the lead in the final moments of the first half but James Walter’s pass into the endzone was intercepted, bringing up the game interval.

Head Coach Andrew Day addresses the offense – By Chris Janes

Early in the 3rd quarter, a good punt from Oxford pinned the ball on the Eagles 9 yard line. With their offense on the field, they picked up a first down but faced pressure from the Saints defensive line with George Wright sacking Tilbury for a 8 yard loss.

Desperate to claim a lead, the Saints attempted another field goal at the beginning on the 4th quarter but Fielden’s kick from 26 yards out went wide right.

Later in the 4th, the Eagles approached the Saints goalline and Watson ran through for his 2nd touchdown of the day, this time from 12 yards out. Turner added the extra point.

14-6 Ouse Valley

Saints defense – By Chris Janes

A pass attempt on the next drive from Walter was intercepted by Akintunde Adewale, who made a great play and returned the ball 51 yards into the endzone for the score. Turner’s kick was blocked.

20-6 Ouse Valley

The Saints offense tried to increase the tempo with Walter switched to running back and Kyle Swann in at quarterback. Walter was gaining yards on the ground but with time running out, they were unable to get into the endzone.

A final attempt for a consolation score saw a pass from Swann intercepted, ending the game.

Saints defensive line engages the Eagles – By Chris Janes

Final score 20-6 Ouse Valley

A disappointing performance by the Saints who were heavy favourites to secure the win. On paper, the Oxford side seemed to be dominating as they gained 340 offensive yards compared to the 223 by the Eagles.

The Saints also had more first downs and had several scoring opportunities, including 2 missed field goals. They brought good pressure on defense with 2 sacks and a interception, but gave up 2 big runs to Watson.

With both the Saints and the Eagles on a tied record of 4-4, the last two games for both teams will be crucial in determining playoff eligibility. The Saints will be looking to avenge the loss when they travel to the Solent Thrashers on 23rd July. Meanwhile the Eagles will be hosting the undefeated Sussex Thunder, who have clinched the conference title.

The final game of the regular season will see Oxford host the Eagles for the 3rd time this year on 30th July.

The Saints will need to pick up wins against both Solent and Ouse Valley to secure a spot in the Division 1 Playoffs.

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Oxford 42 – 0 South Wales | Game Summary


Oxford win big with 42-0 display over South Wales

Following a victory against the Solent Thrashers, the Saints put on a strong display at Tilsley Park and dispatched the South Wales Warriors.

Following a narrow 13-6 victory against the Warriors in week 2, the return fixture was decisive. With South Wales dropping to 0-8, they will be relegated to Division II in 2018.

The Saints started with the ball and showed their strength immediately. Good running from James Walter and Antonious Athanasiou brought Oxford to the endzone on their opening drive, with Walter going in for a 2 yard touchdown. Sam Fielden kicked the extra point.

7-0 Oxford

QB/RB James Walter – By Gareth Brown

The Welsh side had a disastrous start when on their 3rd play, defensive end Conor Whitehouse sacked quarterback Dean Jackson for a loss of 9 yards. Jackson suffered a knee injury and was unable to return to the game.

A short punt in windy weather gave the Saints offense the ball at the Warriors 15 yard line. With just a short distance to go, Athanasiou ran the ball in for a 9 yard touchdown. Fielden converted again and the Saints extended their lead early.

14-0 Oxford

RB Antonious Athanasiou – By Gareth Brown

The Warriors caught a break when they intercepted a pass from James Walter and returned it up the sideline for 14 yards.

The visiting team were unable to capitalise however, with a high snap sending the ball deep into the backfield and defensive end George Wright chasing down the play for a 17 yard loss.

Straight after, quarterback Stuart Bicker (in for the injured Dean Jackson) was intercepted by linebacker Sam Stancombe, returning the ball 9 yards and forcing the turnover.

Oxford win big with 42-0 display over South Wales

The Saints offense continued to dominate in their run game with Ryan Kingshott and Connor Day picking up first downs, followed by Kingshott for the score.

21-0 Oxford

Before the end of the first half, the Saints defense added another sack, again from Conor Whitehouse, along with Graeme Taylor recovering a fumble. The Saints also found the endzone for the 4th time with Walter running in for his 2nd touchdown.

In the final seconds of the half, Fielden attempted a field goal to add 3 more points but his kick missed the target.


RB Tony Glover – By Gareth Brown

The 2nd half was a quieter affair with the Saints maintaining their comfortable lead, but also missing opportunities to add further scores against a tiring Warriors defense.

A key player for South Wales was defensive back Dan Dacey, making tackles across the field and often being the one to bring down Oxford’s runners.

Their offense however struggled and were unable to put together sustained drives, hampered further by penalty flags.

Photo by Gareth Brown

At the beginning of the 4th quarter, Walter crossed into the endzone for the 3rd time, pushing the Saints ahead to a 34-0 lead. Fielden remained on form, adding the extra point through the uprights.

35-0 Oxford

The Saints sealed the deal with veteran tight end Richard Bloomer running into the endzone from 23 yards out for the touchdown, with Fielden adding his final point of the game.


TE Rich Bloomer – By Gareth Brown

With Oxford now at 4-3, they are 2nd place in the SFC1 Central and will travel to Bedfordshire on 9th July to take on the Ouse Valley Eagles.

With two games against Ouse Valley and another against Solent remaining, Oxford will be hoping to finish the regular season on a winning streak and prepare for the playoffs.

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