Banbury Mens 1st 8, London Wayfarers 1

NOA, 13th March 2016

Putting 2 weeks of disappointment behind them, Banbury stormed their way into the home fixture against London Wayfarers and ran our 8 – 1 victors to secure their position in the League.

The home side started as they did last week against local rivals Oxford Hawks but with the important difference that, this week, the chances were taken rather than squandered.

After only 3 minutes Harry Brooker’s ball out of defence found Steve Campbell who moved it on to George Brooker whose pass found Barney Williams to score from close range and take the lead.  After only 10 minutes Josh Nunneley slotted home a penalty corner to increase the home lead and 2 minutes later his brother Tyson made a spectacular break from mid-field and his pass found Simon Boardman who finished in characteristic style from close range.

With a 3 goal lead and looking safe, Banbury suffered the set back of Campbell taking a head injury requiring treatment and was off the pitch for nearly 10 minutes.  In his absence, Banbury keeper Scott Reynolds kept the 3 goal lead with a stunning right handed diving save to end a succession of attacking corners from the visitors.

Banbury again took command just before halftime when Harry Loxton’s break into the D and cross goal pass was steered home from close range by George Brooker.

The 4 goal lead at half time was well deserved and extended only 8 minutes into the second half when Richard Foreman’s pass found Loxton who slotted home to increase the lead, unfortunately the visiting keeper dislocated his shoulder in his vain attempt to save the shot and he was unable to continue the game.

With no keeper the visitors fought to get back into the game but were unable to stop a break away that saw Campbell take the home total to 6.  Wayfarers still fought back and scored a breakway goal hammered home from the top of the D but the home side went on to score 2 more in the dying minutes with Josh Nunneley converting another short corner and penalty flick to bag a hat trick.

Next week is a double header against Old Cranleighans and the postponed game against Henley, if this week’s performance continues Banbury can cement their mid-table position and secure safety for next season.

Manager Steve Brooker acknowledged the welcome return of player/coach Matt Bull onto the field who provided the stability required when Campbell was forced from the pitch and helps provide much welcomed defensive depth for the tough fixtures next week “ Great to have Matt back in the playing side, great to see the side meeting their potential after 2 weeks of disappointment, we have much to look forward to next week”.