Ladies 1 bring home the points to keep promotion hopes alive.
South Div 3a
Banbury ladies 1st – 4 Hampstead and Westminster 2nds – 2
Banbury travelled to London on Sunday for a double header against tricky team Hampstead and Westminster 2nd team. Hampstead have had some good results this season and always prove tough and physical opponents.
The ladies started the game well and remained disciplined in their approach to the match. Banbury were soon rewarded with their first goal after a spell of simple passing and supporting play down the right flank. Banbury were given a penalty corner which vic Coombs stepped up to drag flick, the initial shot went wide of the left post but Natasha Nunneley was there to bat it in the net in a impressive cricket style.
Banbury sat back a little too much and were caught off guard with a speedy piece of attacking play by Hampstead, Hampstead were awarded a penalty corner and made no mistake at burying the ball in the back of the net.
This gave the Banbury ladies the motivation they needed to lift the level and with some excellent build up play by Juliet Gardner and Becca Atkins the girls worked the ball up the pitch and after some good work in the d were awarded another penalty corner. Vic Coombs made no mistake with this one and slotted it into the bottom right corner.
The score was 2-1 at the break and Hampstead came back hard but still Banbury were relentless in defence, the forwards worked hard to put pressure on the defensive players and were soon rewarded with another penalty corner, which resulted in a goal from a cool shot by Mae Welch. Unfortunately the girls were caught off guard and Hampstead were given a penalty corner which they put away emphatically.
With the substitution of Aveline cruickshank the Banbury forward line had fresh legs and with some good build up play from Becca Demczak and Sadie Lapper , Aveline crossed the ball across the circle for vic Coombs to finish the move with a great knock in from close range.
With the final score being 4-2 Banbury were in control the whole game, Paige Davis made an excellent debut performance and will be an asset to the team in future matches. The girls will continue to work for the elusive promotion and next weeks game against Wallingford will be a good test of discipline.