Match Reports 10/12/16
Ladies 2nd Team
1-0 Win against Reading 2A
Ladies 3rd Team
14-0 Win against Kidlington 1s
Goal Scorers: Grace K (2), Charlotte P (4), Nic P (3), Grace K, Amy B, Shiv (3), Becky
I want to say that this was an astonishing performance from our ladies for the last match of 2016 but the score line doesn’t surprise me one bit; the girls played with their usual determination and focus throughout!
Kidlington started with 10 players (no subs). Being a man down hindered their attacking capability immensely. Banbury had all the possession throughout and full credit must go to our midfielders who kept the ball well distributed.
Play was centred around Kidlington’s half at all times and most of that was in the D although with a heavily defensive opposition, fresh legs all round, and enthusiastic shouting, Banbury weren’t put off and managed to get 4 goals through in the first half.
Grace K scored the first goal after 11 gruelling minutes for the Kidlington Goalie. Charlotte P scored the second at 30:11 mins but her classic Shiv/Streaky one-twos presented many opportunities calmly thwarted by the Kidlington Keeper.
Nic P scored the last 2 in the first half giving Banbury a comfortable lead going into half time.
Banbury Ladies 3’s dominated the second half with 10 more goals. Everyone should get a special mention because the team played as a team. The back never lost focus, the midfield spread the ball to create fabulous space for the girls up front who were never off target. Everyone felt sorry for our Goalie who won D of the day for not actually touching the ball once.
Outstanding Players: A, Cath C, Helena R, Leanne T, Bec K-L, Amy B, Rosie G, Nicola P, Grace K, Charlotte P, Shiv K-L, Tilly D (GK).
Men of the match: Rosie G for her solid play in midfield and Charlotte P for her superb presence in the D
Ladies 4th Team
2-1 Win against Windsor 2s
Goal Scorers: Alice Offord, Cath Page
Even though Banbury produced some really good hockey in the first half they failed to score and conceded a goal and went into the break 1 – 0 down.
In the second half Banbury came out fighting and after about ten minutes Emma Nelson found the net after a well struck ball from Alice Offord.
Cath Page made it 2-1 with a well worked individual goal.
Windsor put on the pressure in the closing stages of the game and it needed goal keeper Sammy Bates to pull off some amazing full stretched saves to make sure Banbury secured three points to keep them in second place in Div 4 of Trysports League.
Ladies 5th Team
1-1 Draw against Slough 3s
Goal Scorer: Holly Brummell
This was always going to be a tight game between 3rd and 4th place, and so it proved.
Slough had a nice blend of experience and some very good youngsters and the match was very even, with Banbury moving the ball well and working for each other, Slough using their greater hitting ability to stretch play and looking to find their centre forward, who had a great tussle all match with Vicky Shackleton.
The score was 0-0 at half time and could go either way, so the Banbury juniors were reminded to keep doing the right thing and keep running and passing.There were some very good moves up the right with Daisy Newton, Yasmin Revell and Hannah Phillips combining well, and Holly Brummell instigating moves up the left with Megan Broome, Charlotte White and Claire Jeffries.
Eventually Slough won a set of short corners, the last resulting in the ball in the net, but it was disallowed as it had not fully left the D.
Banbury kept pressing and moving the ball and were rewarded with a baseline cross that Holly Brummell slotted home. But with the minutes ticking away, Slough’s favourite move (centre, belt it right, slam it into centre forward) finally resulted in a (slightly controversial) goal and despite continued pressure at both ends the result stayed 1-1 , leaving Banbury 3rd and Slough 4th as we go into the Christmas break.
Man of the match : Holly Brummell.
Men’s 1st Team
5-1 Win against London Wayfarers 1s
Goal Scorers: Kyle White (2), George Brooker (2), Simon Boardman
Men’s 2nd Team
2-2 Draw against Amersham and Chalfont 1s
Goal Scorers: Ian Reynolds, Harry Simons
Third Placed Banbury Men’s 2nds travelled away to second placed Amersham and Chalfont 1sts a win would see either team take second place going into the Christmas break. A full-strength Amersham came out of the blocks well immediately putting the Banbury defence under pressure, who were up to the task and repelled Amersham’s early attacks. It was Banbury who took the lead with a Harry Simons finishing off a well worked move. Banbury were moving the ball well in possession and defending well, with the returning Pete Lamb marshalling the troops. With the Amersham defence, unable to outlet the ball from the back and turning the ball over in their own D Banbury doubled their lead with a close-range finish from Ian Reynolds. Amersham, pulled a goal back with a short corner from Kevin Haigh, the top scorer in the South of England, before the half.
The second half was an entertaining affair which could have gone either way with both teams having goal scoring opportunities. Jamie Lamb had an outstanding game in goal for Banbury making some incredible saves to keep Amersham at bay. If were not for Haigh, Banbury would have come away with all three points, as he again proved to be deadly from a short corner. This meant that a very competitive and entertaining game ended 2-2 with both teams happy with the point. This leaves the Men’s 2nds in third place at Christmas, looking to kick on in the second half of the season to secure a promotion place.
Men’s 3rd Team
7-2 win against Oxford Hawks 5s
3-0 Win against Gerrards Cross 3s
Goal Scorers: Jamal Mourssali (2), Sam Baldry
The Banbury Piranhas travelled to Gerrards Cross with a well-balanced team containing a nice mix of youth and experience. Having had a tough last few matches with wins a scarce commodity, the Piranhas expected another tough match, especially against an opposition who were sitting in the top half of the table. The Piranhas started well and although having the majority of the play in the 1st half, could not convert their chances and ended the 1st half goalless and feeling slightly worried that the game may slip through their fingers. After an initial nervy 10 mins at the start of the 2nd half the Piranhas found their stride and scored their 1st with lovely move ending up with our youngest player Jamie Boardman (13) driving into the top of the D and providing a great ball through to Jamal Mourssali who slipped the ball past the opposition keeper to go 1 up. Banbury scored their second shortly after with an opportunist poach by Sam Baldry who was quickest to react when a ball into the D came back off the post pushing in from close range. Banbury then had a nervous 5 mins when their keeper Kit Lamb was yellow carded after an aggressive slide out and Piranhas Captain Matt Allman had to step in as kicking back. Once Banbury were back to full strength they killed off the game with sublime move which ended up with a ferocious 1st time slap shot from Jamal Mourssali for Banbury’s 3rd.
The Banbury Piranhas side (Banbury’s 4th side) is designed to be a key vehicle for the club to help develop youngers. With 6 out of the 11 players 16 or under, it is often a challenge to get the right mix of players as many sides the Piranhas face in MBBO Division 7 are full adult and have had some very tough matches this season. This week was a definite coming of age for the team with great play from the youngsters and all the goals coming through moves dominated by the younger players.