I bet you can’t put a fruit pastel in your mouth without chewing it!

Banbury Ladies 3’s 1 v Oxford Hawks Ladies 5’s 1       

NOA 27/02/2016

Banbury Battle Bravely as Hawks Hover Over Head Perfectly Poised in Prestigious Promotion Position…

Banbury Ladies 3s donned their war paint and belted out their rallying cry … 3 – 2 – 1 – Banbury!  Okay, not quite the hacker, not even particularly original, but still a heart-warming sound as the squad forged together their team spirit to take on the might of Oxford Hawks Ladies 5s.  Hawks went in to the match 2 points ahead of Banbury as they both fight for the second place league promotion position.  A win for Banbury would see them inch ahead of Hawks by 1 point, however a win for Hawks would see them 5 points clear of Banbury; leaving BHCs opportunity to fight for the last promotional place, as the Rowntree’s advert once said, a bit of a tall order!

Banbury dominated the opening half of the match however as the mighty short-corner combo of Mrs & Mrs Kirwan-Lee appeared unable to be on the pitch at the same time for any short-corner, they were struggling to take advantage of their opportunities.  Becky K-Lee mostly being absent due to a lovely volley and header, leaving her with two beautiful black eyes.  As the half progressed Banbury managed to win a penalty flick as a Hawks defender saved on the line, clearing the ball via a foot.  Charlotte Micallef, scorer of 2 last week, stepped forward and slotted the ball home despite a valiant effort by the Hawks keeper as she managed to get a touch on the shot.

At half time it remained 1-0 but Hawks stepped up their game controlling the first 20 minutes of the second half, they were rewarded with a flick goal from a short corner.

Although Banbury picked up the pace and spent much of the last 15 minutes attacking the Hawks goal, a number of great saves and some solid defending saw Hawks hold out for a 1-1 draw.

This leaves Banbury still 2 points shy of Hawks with just 3 matches left.

Banbury Goal Scorer:  Charlotte Micallef

And an apology, despite being at her wedding in August 2014, I appeared have forgotten last week that Charlotte Page is in fact Charlotte Micallef.  Please let the records stand corrected.

Not quite as established as the poetical penning’s of the Piranhas, I am still going to give myself a 9 out of 10 for effort and maybe a 7 out of 10 for attainment.

Silver star for me, SKL.