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Monarchs' 100 per cent record does not scare O's

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OXTED Ladies are raring to go for their Investec Women's Vase semi-final clash with West Bridgford Monarchs on Sunday, according to skipper Lisa Nightingale.

The O's captain says that the holders are "massively looking forward to the game", despite their opponents having an enviable record so far this season.

The Monarchs have won all 20 of their matches in the Notts Women's Hockey League, while they have defeated the University of Liverpool and Bloxwich on their way to the semi-final of the Vase.

But Nightingale insists that record will count for nothing when the two sides meet on Sunday, adding that the O's could not afford to take any notice of that.

"They haven't lost or drawn a game all season," she said.

"But we know that Surrey is generally regarded as one of the strongest county leagues and we finished second in that.

"We have also had some good results and we beat Lymm in the last round, who also had a pretty impressive record.

"They [West Bridgford] may have a good record, but we can't let that affect us, we just need to go out there and play our hockey and hopefully we can win."

And despite seeing their training schedule disrupted by the recent weather, Nightingale says the squad was fighting fit and ready for the challenge.

"Everyone is really up for it," she said. "We want to get on and progress in the Vase - it is a competition we really like and we want to keep playing hockey this season. We have a good squad and will be ready for it."

Nightingale added she hoped the club would get a good crowd for the game, with Oxted's men also due to play their final league game against Bromley and Beckenham after the ladies' match.

She said: "We know there will be a lot of family members there and hopefully a few club members too.

"We want to replicate what we did in the competition last year and hopefully a good crowd will be there to cheer us on."

Meanwhile, the ladies' coach, Mike Trim, said he was confident that his side could go out and produce a performance.

He said: "They proved in the last round they are capable of rising to a strong challenge and hopefully we will do it again."


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