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MIKE TRIM says Oxted Ladies have saved their best for the cup this year as they bid to retain the Investec Women's Vase.

The Os won the national competition for the first time last season by beating Milton Keynes 3-0 in the final at Reading.

And the holders are on course to defend their title after progressing to the final for the second year running with an impressive 2-1 win against West Bridgford Monarchs on Saturday.

The result was all the more notable given the visitors' record this season, having not lost or even drawn a game all year.

But the Os coach said he was not surprised by the result, adding that he felt his side had played the best that they had all season.

"The girls were awesome," he said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we played and beat Lymm, who had a similar record, in the last round.

"I think being the holders has given us that extra edge in the competition this year and it showed against West Bridgford – I would say that for me, that was the best game we have had all season.

"We trusted our own hockey, we kept possession of the ball and we went for it.

"We got the first goal and moved it around nicely and we looked good in the middle of the pitch.

"Obviously, the second goal helped and I thought that although they were a good side, the way we played I didn't feel they were that dangerous – everyone had a stormer."

Trim admitted that the cup may not have been his focus for the season, having wanted to win promotion from the Surrey Premier Division, but he said that now the Vase was in sight again, he wanted nothing but to retain the title.

He said: "My aim at the start of the season was to win the league and we didn't manage to do that, but it seems to have worked for us in the cup again.

"You could see against Lymm that we gave that little bit extra and again here against West Bridgford.

"The girls have always been up for this cup and they have been brilliant in every game – it is a win or lose situation and they have risen to that every time."

And Trim is hoping there is one last effort in them as they bid to beat a Guernsey side that they defeated en route to their triumph last season.

He said: "It is a one-off match and it will be a tough game.

"But we feel we are a better side this year and hopefully it will be a good day out and another great result for the club."


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