Match Reports 08/04/17 & 07/04/17
Men’s 2nd Team
8-0 Win against Slough 1s
Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith, Tyson Nunneley, Steve O’Connor (3), Adrian Simons (2), Harry Simons
Saturday saw Banbury second team play at home for the final time this season against newly promoted champions Slough. From the off it was evident that the visitors weren’t up with the pace or skill that Banbury were able to sustain. Four goals in each half with a hatrick coming from Steven O’Connor saw the embarrassing score line flatter the hosts, who never looked like losing. Banbury now focus on national silverware at Lee Valley in three weeks’ time.
Mixed Team (England Hockey Mixed Trophy)
11-0 Win against Surbiton
Goal Scorers: Kyle White (4), Steve O’Connor (3), Natasha Nunneley (2), Josh Nunneley, Sam Humphreys
Banbury continued their title defence on Sunday against Surbiton with a place in the Quarter Finals up for grabs. The home side got off to a dream start, Kyle White stealing the ball from a Surbiton defender and opening the scoring inside 15 seconds. Banbury remained in control of the game enjoying long spells of possession, making their opponents work hard in the beating sun, but couldn’t convert possession into further goals. Resolute defending from the away side and some fine saves from their goal keeper kept the game a close affair with Banbury adding just two further goals in the first half despite creating numerous chances. At half time Banbury were looking comfortable and good for their three goal lead.
Banbury continued were they left off moving the ball well around the pitch through flowing passing and movement and were rewarded with Steve O’Connor getting his second goal of the game. The remainder of the game was all Banbury, O’Connor and White both completing their hattricks and White going on to bag a fourth. Further goals were added by Natasha Nunneley who proved too quick and elusive for the away sides defenders, scoring from two sharp chances around the penalty spot. Josh Nunneley slotted the ball into the top corner of the Surbiton goal with a powerful drag flick, but perhaps the pick of the goals was a thundering strike from Sam Humphreys fired into the bottom corner to give her, her first goal of the season. Surbiton did threaten a consolation, winning a short corner late in the game, but good work from Banbury’s defensive unit kept the clean sheet intact.
Banbury will now face Khalsa away on either the 22nd or 23rd April in the Quarter Final.