Rover Oxford 1 Eastcote 3
Eastcote hockey returned to action with a win as they defeated Rover Oxford 3-1 in a game in which 15-year-old Chris Sleeman made his senior debut.
The Boars started strongly, moving the ball around well and coming close to a goal before Gary Towns opened the scoring and Alex Stobbart added another to give them a 2-0 half-time lead.
Unfortunately they were not able to press home the advantage at the start of the second half and instead Rover began to trouble the Eastcote defence.
Keeper Mark Welch made some great stops but the hosts did finally pull a goal back to leave the game delicately balanced
Eastcote recovered though and a move down the right involving Stephen Riddle-ston led to skipper David Cooper slotting home with eight minutes remaining.
Wins for the rest of the top four sides means the Boars still trail leaders Milton Keynes by eight points.
They host struggling Mill Hill at 1.30pm at Kings College Road on Saturday.
The Seconds won 3-2 against their counterparts from Rover Oxford with goals from Mark Defanis, Ian Sadler and Brunel student Jamie Smith, while the Thirds game at Banbury was postponed due to traffic chaos on the M40.
The Simbas remained top of their league despite a 4-3 loss to Rover Oxford, the Fourths eased past Aylesbury 2-0 and there were also wins for the Sevenths and Past Masters.
Eastcote Boys U16s 0 Teddington Boys U16s 7
GEORGE Wright played well in goal and Ben Lawson and Chris Reilly also made an impression but the U16 boys suffered a heavy 7-0 loss to Teddington in the Mercian Home Counties Premier League.
They travel to Wycombe this weekend.
EASTCOTE recorded two draws in a friendly triangular training competition at home to Battersea Wanderers and Southampton designed to brush away the Christmas cobwebs.
The teams each played two 50-minute games and the hosts were unconvincing against South Division Two bottom side Wanderers, although goals from Claire Devereaux and Liz Walker took them to a 2-2 draw.
The Reds did rise to the occasion against South Division One opponents Southampton, displaying some good passing moves and strong defence, while Sian Bailey's goal earned them a 1-1 draw.
They play Woking in another training game on Saturday before returning to league action a week later.
The Twos enjoyed a 5-0 win over West Hampstead despite losing Claire Carter after just 10 minutes with a dislocated finger, thanks to goals from Fi Chandler, Meg Williams and Kim Spencer-Pell, and the Threes defeated Southgate 2-0 as both teams remained one point off top spot in their leagues.
The Fours lost 2-0 and the Fives drew 1-1. [25a0] Old Uxonians ladies regained top spot in Middlesex Women's League Division Four with a 2-1 win over Sun-bury IV.
Jo Harper put them in front and although Sunbury equalised with 15 minutes to go, Lisa Kinder grabbed the winner in the last couple of minutes.
Steph Grayson and goalkeeper Wendy Davidson shared the man of the match vote.