Match Reports 08/10/16

Ladies 1st Team

2-2 Draw against Epsom 1s

Goal Scorers: Aveline Cruikshank, Tash Nunneley

On Saturday, Banbury Ladies 1’s came head to head with Epsom 1’s in an away game. From previous games against the south London side and recent results, Banbury knew they were in for a tough game.

The first half was strong from Banbury with possession of the ball leading to multiple opportunities, but the experienced Epsom side held their own. After 17 minutes of perseverance and determination Banbury’s forward, Aveline Cruikshank, scored the first goal of the match. After a beautiful spell of 2-touch hockey down the left hand side of the pitch and a clinical finish by Cruikshank, Banbury finished the first half of the game with the upper hand, 1-0.

Despite the uplifting half-time team talk from coach, Sadie Lapper, Banbury were slow off the mark going into the second half. Recognising this, Epsom broke quickly through Banbury’s defence, taking the score to 1-1. With the game becoming more heated, Banbury managed to reset and Tash Nunneley ceased the opportunity to take them into the lead, with a score of 2-1. Banbury continued to work hard to maintain this lead with a tight defensive press and close marking. However, after a messy collision leading to Banbury’s midfielder, Charlie Matthews being taken off injured, Banbury started to lose their composure.

Following some persistent play from Epsom’s attacking line the London side managed to equalize, making a final break with only 5 minutes to go. Feeling pressure to score within a short period of time, the Banbury side became frantic and made individual attempts to take on the Epsom defense. Unfortunately it was not meant to be and the final score remained 2-2.

Ladies 2nd Team

5-2 loss against Thame 1s

Goal scorers: Pip Jones and Helen Robey

Score line does not reflect how close the game was with some excellent passages of play with a great performance for the whole game from Maddy Hunt.

Ladies 3rd Team

1-0 win against Wycombe Ladies 3’s

Goal Scorer: Shiv Kirwan-Lee

Banbury Ladies 3 managed to maintain their unbeaten run with a hard fought win over Wycombe ladies 3’s. Banbury started the game strong camped in the Wycombe end and after many missed chances and saves from the Wycombe goalkeeper managed to score in the 11th minute. A cross goal pass from Charlotte Micallef allowed Shiv Kirwan-Lee to tuck the ball neatly behind the keeper. The rest of the game was very end to end but Banbury kept a clean sheet thanks to a goal line clearance from Cath Clarke in the second half. An improvement is required in the forthcoming matches to maintain their current position as league leaders.


Ladies 4th Team

3-0 Win against Marlow4s

Goal Scorers: Vicky Warlow (2), Vicky Wallington

Banbury Ladies 4s continued their winning streak on Saturday when beating Marlow 4s 3 – 0 to move up to second in the table.

Both sides fielded sides that were a good mix of experienced and young players, and it was Banbury who broke the deadlock with a well worked goal from Vicky Warlow. Vicky added a second before half time when Fran Bucher crossed from the right for her to slot the ball past the Marlow goalie.

In the second half, play flowed from end to end and Banbury goalie Mandy Handforth was called on  to make a several good saves before the home side wrapped things up with a third goal. Fran Bucher made a penetrating run up the right and fed the ball in for Vicky Wallington to add the finishing touch.

Ladies 5th Team

Rest week- no game

Men’s 1st Team

4-2 win against Henley 1s

Goals Scorers: Kyle White (2), Tyson Nunneley, Josh Nunneley

Men’s 2nd Team

4-2 win against West Hampstead 2s

Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith (2), Nick Best, Simon Boardman

Men’s 3rd Team

3-2 win against Wooton Wanderers 1s

Goal Scorers: Sam Baldry, Matthew Bull, Dave Clark

Men’s Piranhas

2-1 Loss against West Hampstead 8s

Goal Scorer: Jamal Mourssali

Banbury Hockey Club’s Piranhas 2nd game in MBBO Division 7 was a agonising loss with West Hampstead scoring the winner in the last second of the game. The first half was a tight affair reduced to half chances for both teams coming in goal less at the interval. At the start of the 2nd half there were Goals in quick succession by West Hampstead and a great individual equaliser by Banbury’s Jamal Mourssali. The game seemed destined for a draw until West Hampstead scored a scrappy winner on the blow of the final whistle.