Match Reports 07/10/17

Ladies 1st Team

2-1 Loss Against Woking

Goal Scorer: Sadie Lapper

Banbury were grateful to have a home match after last week’s long away journey to Havant. It was a hard fought match, with Woking narrowly coming out on top.

Woking’s strong press made it difficult for Banbury, however arial skills from Victoria Coombs helped Banbury retain possession.

Woking’s defence were very physical which gave little time for Banbury’s attack on the ball, especially in the attacking D.

However this meant Banbury were able to gain several short corners, one of which culminated in Sadie Lapper finishing from a straight strike to give the home side  1-0 lead.

Massive improvements from last week, especially in protecting the middle of the pitch, which is what we have been focussing on in training.  Our young sides fitness shone through, however with luck not on our side, Woking’s experience saw them through to a 2-1 win.


Ladies 2nd Team

1-0 Loss Against Henley


Ladies 3rd Team

4-1 Loss against Amersham and Chalfont


Ladies 4th Team

4-0 Win against South Berkshire

Goal Scorers: Alice Heathcote (2), Claire Dumbreck, Hannah Phillips

Banbury Ladies 4s hosted South Berkshire, the ladies 4s now settled with their new players and very strong attackers. Banbury were on the attack from the start, Alice Heathcote found the net first, followed by a Claire Dumbreck who followed up nicely at the back post.

Banbury played some wonderful attacking hockey, the defence staying strong to cut out any opponents attack. Hannah Phillips and Alice Heathcote adding more goals in the second half. Katie Adkins played outstanding at right Half and lead the team to a 4-0 victory.

Ladies 5th Team

4-0 Win against South Bucks

Goal Scorers:

Cath Page, Eve Briscoe , Carol Hicks and Sophie Fickling

The pitch at Herschel Grammar school was as sandy  as ever, so the ball pace started very slowly  while the teams got to grips with their opposition. Banbury were quickly into a nice pattern of passing play, taking advantage of a better understanding of formational play and having a far superior work ethic.

However despite excellent ball movement and circle domination, the young S Bucks keeper was very competent and kept the ball out of the net. Eventually Cath Page  took the ball in from the left and scored from a narrow angle, giving the visitors a 1 -0 lead at half time.

Vicky Shackleton had to leave shortly into the second half, having had an impressive game, and despite S Bucks coming out strongly in the second half, the newer faces of Caitlin Laverick and Eve Briscoe proved equal to all things thrown at them and with Lauren Smith and Holly Brummell combining well with Carol Hicks in the centre, the ball was distributed around, Sophie Fickling providing great right sided runs and again the S Bucks  defence were put under pressure. At last after a succession of thwarted short corners,  a scramble in the D saw Eve Briscoe put the  ball past the keeper.

A few minutes later Carol Hicks turned her defender inside out and pushed the ball past the keeper just inside the left post. With the opposition tiring, the Banbury midfield and forwards continued to press and a lovely passing move involving Brummell, Hicks and Fickling saw the defence torn open and Sophie found space in the circle to hammer home off the right hand upright.

Amuch tidier game,  we made better use of the ball, taking advantage of the extra space and but for the excellent goal keeper should have won by more.

Man of the match  – Eve Briscoe.  Man of the match voted by the opposition  – Sophie Fickling.



Men’s 1st Team

2-2 Draw against London Academicals

Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons and Joe Allen


7-0 Win against Sonning

Goal Scorers: Georg Brooker, Kieran Symons, Richard Foreman, Tyson Nunneley, Steve O’Connor and Max Grossmith

Banbury had a long trip into central London to meet this week’s Premier Division 2 against London Academicals and came away with hard earned 2 – 2 draw after a gritty performance.

Banbury got off to a promising start despite their delayed arrival at the venue when Aussie Kieran Symons cracked home his penalty corner drag flick in the first 2 minutes but the celebrations were short lived when the home side won and converted their own penalty through Arion Alexopolous.

What looked as if it might become a goal-fest instead became a tough struggle with play bouncing from one end to the other with Banbury working well down the left with Louis Harris and Symons down the right and looking the stronger but unable to convert their chances despite several more penalty corner opportunities.  But, it was the home side that capitalized on a defensive slip for Ali Francis to finish from close range and give Academicals the lead.

Banbury started the second half strongly but frustration and clumsy tackles resulted in 5 cards for the visitors including a period with only 9 players on the pitch but strong central defensive performances from Harry Camp and Pete Lamb kept them in the game.  With 10 minutes to go Banbury gambled removing a defender to put on a second front man and the gamble paid dividends with debutante Joe Allen deflecting past the home keeper with only 3 minutes to play.  The home side were reduced to 10 men for the final stages and it looked as if Allen would claim victory but his netted chance was disallowed resulting in the draw.

The first round of the England Hockey Tier 2 Cup on Sunday saw Banbury put 7 goals past lower League Sonning to progress smoothly into round 2 with goals from Brooker, Symons (2), Richard Foreman, Tyson Nunneley, Steve O’Connor and Max Grosmith

Manager Steve Brooker said “We made hard work of this first League visit into London but have come away with a point from a game that we may have lost last year.  We have also made a cracking start in the EH Cup and look forward to our home League fixture next weekend against high flying Wycombe who have won both of the their first two games”.


Men’s 2nd Team

2-0 Loss Against Newbury and Thatcham

The second team had another fixture against a well organised first team, you had previously been relocated from the division above, Newbury and Thatcham. The game started well with both sides having good possession. However, the inexperience of Banbury’s side having not all played together for all that long began to show mid-way through the first half, when N&T took the lead. Despite Banbury’s best efforts, it stayed that way until the final play of the game when N&T bundled in a second from a scrappy corner.


Men’s 3rd Team

5-0 Loss against Henley


Men’s Piranhas

1-0 Win against Eastcote

The 2017 / 2018 Banbury Piranhas fixtures start off with 3 away games this year, with the trip to Eascote this Saturday, part 2 of the 3. If truth be told last week’s first league match against Marlow wasn’t the Piranhas finest hour with the team struggling to find structure and looking rather sluggish and un Piranha like. Hence forth a team structure & master plan education session was masterminded and planned by Adrian Lamb.

The team arrived in good time at the Eascote Brunel pitch and armed with Clip board in hand, the younger players were given a quick Piranhas 101 on positioning and team structure. Fully educated on team positioning and tactics along with the legendary Lamb swing and a miss tackle ……..the Piranhas 15 were ready for the match.

The game started with the Piranhas moving the ball around sublimely and looked a completely different team from the week before. Good defensive work by Felix, Zach, Adrian and Adam kept attacks to a minimum and set up midfield linking well through with Allman and Britto to set up good attacks and a string of penalty corners. The very impressive young Eascote Keeper managed to keep most of them out, but a well worked slip to Noel Britto saw him finish with aplomb. The Piranhas continued their excellent play with great drives into the D from Jamal and Jamie, setting up some more half changes for Ethan and Ben, but the score remained at just 1- 0.

The 2nd half was a more even affair with the Piranhas losing their shape slightly. The Piranhas had some great play down the left with good link up between Ed and Oscar moving the ball to Seb and Jacob who had some great drives into the D setting up a couple of Penalty Corners. Despite the Piranhas pressure, the goal would not come and the last 10 mins was tense affair with Eascote coming back into it and Steve Hicks pulling off a couple of good saves.

The final whistle eventually came and the Piranhas trekked back to the Eascote Clubhouse for a celebratory lemonade and a choice of Chilli or Glamorgan Sausage and chips. The highlight of which was Jamal managing to convince some of the younger players that a Glamorgan Sausage was made from a pigs genitals……. a sort of Welsh Sweet bread…… needless to say that was not a popular option for our younger players and chilli and chips was order of the day.

A good day in the office for the Piranhas with great play and the seeds of growth for this season well and truly sown.