Sports and Hooky get set to put their claims on the line

Steve Howkins''bagged a brace for Hook Norton
Steve Howkins''bagged a brace for Hook Norton

Easington Sports and Hook Norton will be getting to know each other very well over the festive period.

The two sides meet in Wednesday’s Oxon Senior Cup tie at The Bourne before the UHLSport Hellenic League Boxing Day derby at Addison Road.

And, with both teams enjoying a good first half to the campaign, the two games should be evenly contested with Sports looking to gain revenge for their defeat at the start of the season.

Hooky kept up their Division One West title challenge with a 3-2 victory over Purton.

Dan Reeves gave the Brewery Boys the early lead at The Bourne and two goals from Steve Howkins put the leaders firmly in charge.

But Anton Stephens reduced the arrears before the break and Shannon Pocock pulled another goal back in the second half to set up a tense finish.

And on Saturday, the leaders will be looking for another three points when they entertain Letcombe at The Bourne.