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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