Match Reports 11/11/17 & 12/11/17

Ladies 1st Team

4-1 Loss against East Grinstead

Goal Scorer: Victoria Coombs

On Saturday 11th of November the 1st XI played East Grinstead. After a gruelling 2 and a half hour journey and multiple traffic jams, we all managed to arrive at least 10 minutes before the match started.  With a slightly rushed but intense warm up Banbury where ready to start the match. A slightly slow start from Banbury meant that East Grinstead managed to slip a goal in the first 5 minutes. This gave Banbury the wakeup call we needed retaliating with some superb interlinking attacking play from Maddie Hunt, Vicky Warlow and Natasha Roberts. The game progressed with Banbury putting more pressure on the East Grinstead defence. With an unlucky disallowed goal for Banbury, allowed East Grinstead to score a clinical deflection into the bottom left corner, taking Banbury to a 2-0 score at half time. After an insightful half time talk Banbury were ready to battle for the last 35 minutes of the match. After some speedy skills from midfielders Alison Sturla and Becca Edwards the ball was transferred up the the pitch giving Banbury a short corner opportunity which we converted from our left slip Maddie Hunt in to Victoria Page who slammed the ball into the Goal. The score was now 2-1 to East Grinstead with 20 minutes left in the match Banbury fought hard but sadly 2 more goals made there way into Banbury’s goal. With a final score of 4-1 Banbury’s overall performance was strong and persistent leaving room for a hopeful victory when we next meet.


Ladies 2nd Team

0-0 Draw against Reading Rockets


Ladies 3rd Team

2-1 Loss against Abingdon


Ladies 4th Team

4-2 Win against Newbury and Thatcham

Goal Scorers: Claire Jeffery, Amelia Roberts (2), Ann Glover

For the second time in recent weeks Banbury 4s knocked over the top team in Division Three of the Trysports League when scoring four times against Newbury and Thatcham.

The visitors opened strongly and scored within the first five minutes, but this seemed to galvanise Banbury into action and they equalised through Amelia Roberts and took the lead when veteran stalwart Ann Glover found the net with a superb reverse flick before half time.

Newbury and Thatcham got back on terms midway through the second half, but a strong Banbury finish produced another goal when Amelia Roberts had a great run up the right to set up Claire Jeffery and then Amelia sealed the game with a second for her and fourth for Banbury that made the points safe.


Ladies 5th Team

3-0 Loss against Thame

The day started with a hold up on the motorway, delaying the match by 15 minutes, but  despite a less than great warm up, Banbury started well, working in triangles and giving the Thame mid field alot to think about – unfortunately this did not convert into giving the Thame defence alot to think about too!

Thame were quickly also giving the  Banbury midfield and defence things to worry about, but both sides seemed content in the first half to battle things out in the safer areas of the pitch. The young players from Banbury broke free several times but were unable to fully threaten the opposition’s D, and the score was 0-0 at half time.

It was a question of who would come out fighting hardest and it was the home side that prevailed, gaining short corners and converting  firstly from a broken down one and then from a deflection off a foot.

The third goal was definitely against the run of play , trickling over the line before it could be cleared.

Banbury continued  to fight, with Millie Whitton, Natalie Kyte and Kelly Bradfield trying to play constructive hockey, Bradfield coming inches from threatening the goal from a through ball from Carol Hicks after Holly Brummell was unintentionally clobbered across the nose, resulting in a bully just outside the D which Banbury won.

The score finished 3 -0 , things to think about and work on, but getting better in places and very good in others.

Man of the match Carol Hicks


Men’s 1st Team

2-1 Loss against Staines

Goal Scorers: Joe Allen


8-1 Win Against Coventry & North Warwickshire (England Hockey Men’s Tier 2 Championship)

The weekend showed both sides of Banbury’s up and down season.  On Saturday ill-discipline again cost Banbury dear playing more than half the game with only 10 on the pitch and with Aussie Kieran Symons on the bench injured for the second period they lost out to lowly Staines and have dropped to 6th in the League table.  On Sunday Banbury progressed smoothly into the next round of the England Hockey Cup putting lower League Coventry & North Warks to the sword winning 8 – 1.

On Saturday, Banbury started brightly and created good chances in the first 5 minutes but it was Staines that took the lead after 12 minutes breaking down the Banbury right and the cross being skillfully lifted and juggled over Dunleavy in goal by Richard Greene.  Promising approach play by the visitors began to pay off and Symons’ break down the right and switch back run into the centre and pass found Joe Allen who added to his impressive record of 2 goals in 2 games to level the scores.

Banbury’s troubles began with 10 minutes left in the half with the first of their yellow cards for a clumsy challenge that then allowed James Lazio to convert the penalty corner to regain the lead for the home side.

Despite having only 10 on the pitch for most of the second half Banbury kept the home side at bay with an impressive performance from centre back Harry Camp and continued to create chances with sparkling runs from Steve O’Connor and tireless work down the left from Louis Harris and Jonny Stirrup but still the chances could not be converted to leave the visitors frustrated and disappointed with another below par performance.

Sunday was a very different matter, no disciplinary offences, Aussie talisman Symons returned to fitness and goals galore including 2 more for the in form Joe Allen with 7 coming in the second half after a hesitant start and going behind early on.

Manager Steve Brooker said “We are pleased to progress in the Cup but it is the League that is more important and we must up our game for the home fixture against Purley next week – it is winnable but we have to get back to our best”.


Men’s 2nd Team

2-2 Draw against Sonning

Goal Scorers: Harry Simons and Louis Yates

After a week off Banbury Men’s Seconds looked to continue their form against Sonning first team. Banbury knew that the Sonning would be a tough test and would have to play well to walk away with the points. With a slight change in personnel Banbury struggled initially to get up to their usual match pace and Sonning moved the ball well and were dangerous down the flanks creating a few early chances. As the game continued in this fashion Banbury grew into the game and managed to create a few chances of their own. However, it was Sonning who drew first with a crash ball into the D being deflected in at the back post. The score remained 1-0 to Sonning going into half time. At the break Banbury were quick to identify areas of improvement and took this into the start of the second half.

With Banbury taking the upper hand, they drew level after Adrian Simons won a penalty flick, which was slotted home by Harry Simons. The match continued in an even fashion with both teams looking to impose themselves on the other. Going into the last five minutes, Sonning again took the lead with a short corner strike leaving the Banbury defence helpless. On the stroke of the final whistle Banbury won a short corner, the resulting corner was expertly dispatched by Louis Yates as he flicked the ball home into the bottom corner. This left the final score at 2-2 in a hard-fought match, from which both teams would be happy with the point.

6-2 Win against Old Halesonians (England Hockey Mens Tier 2 Championship)

Goal Scorers: Ian Reynolds (2), Charlie Camp (2), Nick Best, Louis Yates

On Sunday Banbury Men’s Seconds kicked off their cup run, in the newly formatted Tier 2 Championship, hosting Old Halesonians Men’s 1s. Banbury took the opportunity to expose some new faces to second team hockey. Banbury started off brightly and looked to impose their free-flowing attacking hockey on their Midland’s opponents. This approach payed off with Ian Reynolds rounding the keeper and slotting home to gets the hosts off the mark. Banbury doubled their lead as Charlie Camp, showed determination to convert a crossed ball. However, Old Halesonians struck back with a first-time finish from the top of the D. It was Charlie Camp, who restored Banbury’s advantage with a composed finish after Banbury’s press turned over possession. Before, the half was up Banbury extended their lead further with a penalty corner for Reynolds’ second goal.

The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first with Banbury being on top and Louis Yates scored a penalty corner to enforce Banbury’s dominance. With some resolute defending from Old Halesonians, Banbury were unable to further their lead with the majority of the second half remaining a deadlock. With tiring legs, Old Halesonians, were able to score a second goal, after a well worked right hand attack. In the final minutes Captian Nick Best, ended a well worked passing move with a calm reverse stick finish. This left the final score at 6-2 to Banbury, this was a great result for Banbury and shows the club’s strength in depth with the new faces steeping up and performing admirably.


Men’s 3rd Team

6-0 Loss against West Hampstead

A young Banbury 3’s side travelled down to Brent Cross to play an expected Strong West Hampstead side. Banbury were well organised and worked very hard in the first half which made a fairly even contest.  West Hampstead however, put away their chances with Banbury not capitalizing and West Hampstead went in 2 up at half time. An ill disciplined 10 mins by Banbury early in the 2nd half saw 3 quick goals by the home team effectively securing the points. Banbury rallied in the last 15 mins and created some good chances which unfortunately could not be taken. A goal by the home team right at the end of the game left the final score West Hampstead 6 Banbury 0.


Men’s Piranhas

2-0 Win against Bicester

Goal Scorers: Stuart Ralph, Seb Harvey

Great performance by a young Piranhas side to beat their local rivals Bicester in a close match with chances at both ends. The Piranhas who this week were captained by Stuart Armstrong had the team well organised and started well putting Bicester under pressure from the start. The first 20 mins of play saw the Piranhas have quite a few chances with some good saves from the Bicester keeper and two Penalty Corners missing the post by inches the only thing keeping the score level. A nice move down the left found Stuart Ralph on the P spot who slapped in to send Banbury one up. The 2nd half was more even affair with Bicester starting very brightly and bringing Jamie Lamb into action pulling off quite a few good saves. As the half moved on, Bicester were the more dominant side as the Piranhas lost their shape a little but still looked very dangerous on the break. 10 mins before the end a lovely move by the Piranhas youngsters found Seb Harvey unmarked at the back post who kept his cool to put the home side 2 up. Bicester didn’t make the last few minutes easy for the home side hitting the post and creating a few more chances, but the Piranhas held firm to close the match out 2 – 0 winners