EHB Investec National Trophy holders Henley secured their place in the last four of this season’s competition thanks to a comfortable victory at local rivals Oxford on Saturday.
Henley, aiming to become the first team in the history of the competition to retain the title, were without their two key play makers, Lou England and Esme Emmett.
The match started at a frenetic pace with both teams showing from the off their intent to attack. This made for an open game of hockey.
Henley came closest to opening the scoring in the first 20 minutes when Hedges latched on to a through ball from midfield only to see her shot smothered by the agile Oxford keeper. The visitors came close again when striker Hickman found herself clear in the D, but again the Oxford keeper was quick to put pressure on and force the shot over the crossbar.
It was then Oxford’s turn to threaten the Henley goal but goalkeeper Hannah Lavish was equal to the task, making some good saves to keep her side well in the game.