Banbury Ladies’ 1st 4 v Brighton Ladies’ 1st 5

NOA, 19th March 2016
Banbury Ladies’ 1st team were determined to finish a solid season with a win against Brighton to right the wrongs of the last meeting. Banbury have excellent home form and were feeling confident from the off.
The girls started strong and Brighton could not prevent Banbury from breaking through the deadlock with some excellent forward play by Charli Price, Vic Coombs and Tasha Nunneley. Tasha Nunneley picked up an excellent through ball from Lapper to beat the keeper and put the home side in the lead. Banbury kept pushing with high intensity and Brighton struggled to prevent Charli Price’s aerial play down the left flank, this opened up more space for Tasha Nunneley to beat the keeper in a 1 on 1 and score goal 2.
Banbury really looked in control of the game, and with some solid defensive play it didn’t look like Brighton were going to get anywhere close to scoring a goal. After some quick passing out of defence by Becca Atkins and early passing by Pip Jones, Lapper received the ball on the edge of the D to slot home goal 3 from a reverse stick strike.
Banbury took their foot off the gas at this point which was a big mistake, Brighton’s strong centre mid bundled through the middle to score a tap in from a missed interception, the score was 3-1 to Banbury at half time.
After the break the visitors gave Banbury a great deal of trouble, they pressed high, they cut out all options and Banbury floundered time and time again on the ball, which led to Brighton squeezing in another goal to make it 3-2. Banbury bounced back and with a well executed short corner, Pip Jones deflected Sadie Lappers shot to give the home team a two goal cushion again. But this seemed to motivate Brighton even more and they were all over the pitch, they put Banbury under pressure in all positions and cut out all passing options, Banbury couldn’t cope and conceded two really sloppy goals, putting the score at 4-4 with 5 minutes to go.  With Banbury’s forwards marked out the game, each attack came to nothing, and Brighton pounded the Banbury defence.  With two minutes to go, Brighton charged round the line in the D and pushed the ball towards the goal, some sloppy defending led to them scoring the 5th and winning goal.
This was not the result Banbury had wanted but with only 8 points separating 3rd to 7th position in the league it could have gone either way. This has been a solid first season in South Division two and with several youngsters stepping up to the plate this year, the future is looking good for Banbury Ladies.
Sadie Lapper