First Team Star
Mar 16, 2014, 11:27 PM
Location: South Hampshire
Team(s): Hants/Middx/Sussex Non-League, Brentford, THFC, Eastleigh, SC Freiburg
English National League Division 2 South
Re: [HantsLondoner] Where are you going - where did you go? ICE HOCKEY
Oxford City Stars 10 Cardiff Devils/Satans 1
admission £6-00, programme £2-00 (quite good but overpriced) attendance est 350
A chance to visit Oxford and see how life is in Div 2. It's tight at the top in that division, Stars are one of those teams challenging for the title (they won it last year but didn't take promotion), Satans (now called Devils 2, which is strange, since it's their third team) are very strong at home, beating Stars 5-2 earlier this season, but weak away. And so it proved...
The first period was awful. Much lower standard than the league above, slow, error-prone, Stars taking the lead after 16 mins. After 18:40 the officials saw a problem with the boards in the corner and called the end of the first period so that it could be repaired. We then had a second period of 21:20. Stars scored early in the second and then came a great goal from Clarke to make it 3-0. The atmosphere had been non-existent up until that goal bur suddenly we had a bit of noise, and Stars upped their game too. Two more goals followed to make it five at the end of the second. Stars continued to run riot in the final period, Elliott bagging a hat-trick and playing very well with Clarke and Green. Cardiff had 12 shots on target in the entire match.
Oxpens Ice Rink looks fairly modern but suffers from the usual poor design so that I reckon there is room for 800 seats on the sides and another 200 standing. One end is completely blocked off and the other has a decent café and assorted other things. Most of the seats are small, curved and backless - really uncomfortable. Luckily I found a more comfortable one after the first period.
If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.
(This post was edited by HantsLondoner on Mar 16, 2014, 11:28 PM)