Match Reports 11/3/17
Ladies 1st Team
3-1 Loss against Spencer 1s
Goal Scorer: Charli Price
Banbury arrived at Spencer and were determined to right their wrongs following the results from their double header the previous weekend. As expected, Spencer came out strong threatening Banbury’s formation. The bouncy pitch enabled Spencer to take advantage of miss traps and simple errors from Banbury, capitalising with quick penetrations into the D. Spencer found a foot and with a well executed short corner routine, were 1-0 up within the first few moments.
Banbury worked hard to regain focus, but again, a speedy Spencer swiftly infiltrated through the Banbury defence to find a stray Spencer player hovering on the post to convert a powerful deflection.
Spencer continued to be aggressive in their play, yet protested when Banbury players such as Lauren Woodwiss and Hayley Nunneley, stood their ground and battled through to distribute the ball to their fellow teammates. However, with moments to go, Spencer once again took their opportunities, with the score line 3-0 at half time.
After a disappointing first half, coach and player Sadie Lapper reassured the team that they too could score 3 goals in 35 minutes. With key objectives discussed, Banbury showed some good patterns of play early on in the second half. They continued to try to support their players and created space with well timed lateral running from Tasha Nunneley which enabled them to win a short corner. Charli Price made simple work of this with a straight strike through the legs of the Spencer keeper.
This gave Banbury some hope that the score could be levelled. Based on previous performances, Banbury should have been able to continue to play their game. Yet Spencer somehow unsettled Banbury’s usual style of play and prevented any further attacks. Excellent work rate in the middle of the pitch from captain Samantha Humphreys thwarted further Spencer infiltrations. Despite their efforts, Banbury were unable to put stop Spencer’s progression up the league table and the score remained 3-1.
Ladies 2nd Team
7-3 Win against Bicester 1s
Ladies 3rd Team
2-2 Draw against Reading 3A
Goal Scorers: Helen, Katie
The biggest game of the season for Banbury ladies 3’s started with a lot of pressure from Banbury. Creating many runs, challenging there defence throughout the first half. Katie ran from the half way line and passed a diagonal ball to Helen, she ran it into the D, took it round 2 defence and slotted it coolly between the goal keeper and the inside post. 1 nil Banbury. Banbury continued to keep the pressure on, however Reading got one break into Banbury’s D and scored from a strike at the top of the D 1 -1. The second half started in a similar fashion with Banbury keeping the pressure up on Reading, however Reading came out with some more energy in the second half with some leading runs down the pitch into Banbury’s half. With 10 minutes from the end of the game they created a few chances and also got given some short corners. They capitalised on one of the short corners. Moments from the end of the game Banbury won a short corner, Helen pushed it out to Becky at the top of the D, Becky coolly took on the first runner and slipped it to Katie on the left who cleanly struck the ball and scored. Final result 2-2.
Ladies 4th Team
4-0 Win against Marlow 5s
Goal Scorers: Cath Page (3), Rebecca Perkin
Banbury Ladies 4s returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Marlow to retain third place in Division 4 of the Trysports league.
Banbury started well and played good attacking hockey were rewarded when Cath Page found the net. A second soon followed from Rebecca Perkin and Cath Page made it 3-0 at half-time.
Marlow made a positive start to the second half but the Banbury defence stood firm and Cath Page completed her hat-trick midway through the half to seal a well-deserved victory from what was a fine all-round team performance.
Ladies 5th Team
5-0 Walk over- Sonning unable to raise a side
Men’s 1st Team
6-4 Loss against Havant 1s
Goal Scorers: Kyle White (3), Adrian Simons
Men’s 2nd Team
4- 1 Win against Sonning 1s
Goal Scorer: Louis Yates (3), Harry Simons
On Saturday Banbury men’s 2nds hosted Sonning Men’s 1sts, looking to make amends for the reverse fixture earlier in the season. With this in mind, Banbury started the game well and were the more dominant team for the majority of the opening exchanges. Banbury continued to be the dominant team creating numerous half-chances but were unable to convert any. Sonning were resorting to counter-attacking and long balls to create chances and this eventually paid off, with a long ball finding a forward free in the D, who slotted home with a first-time finish.
With the score at 1-0 at halftime, Banbury were not disheartened and knew that if they raised their game slightly they could walk away with three points. Banbury came out in the second half and controlled the game, with Josh Chapman, controlling the game and providing Banbury with quality distribution. Despite the dominance, Banbury were unable to find an open play goal and were indebted to short corner specialist Louis Yates, who converted three times in the second half. Banbury gave very few chances to Sonning in the second half and with seconds left on the clock Harry Simons, finished off a well worked right-hand side attack to leave the final score 4-1 to Banbury, a result they were very happy with and meaning a third-place finish in the league was more than likely.
Men’s 3rd Team
5-1 Loss against South Berkshire 3s
Goal Scorer: Tim Yates
2-1 Loss against Oxford 7s
Goal Scorer: James Clement
With four teams relegated from MBBO 7, the Piranhas and all their remaining opposition are in the mix. As such all the games are the proverbial 6 pointers with the opposition all fielding strong sides. The game against Oxford was no exception….
The match started with Oxford threatening the Piranhas goal early on with a strong mobile attack. The Banbury defensive held firm until 5 mins before half time when a good deflected goal put the opposition one up. Although the Piranhas did struggle a bit with ball retention in the 1st half, they did have chances with the Oxford keeper making good saves from a Penalty Corner Strike and some a couple of Piranha break aways.
The second half saw the Piranhas have more of the ball and were working it well around Oxford, but the opposition were still very threatening with the Piranhas defense having to stay very tight. Another deflected goal which unluckily managed to squirm its way through the Piranhas keeper put Oxford 2 two up. The Piranhas got one back with a James Clement Penalty corner strike with 8 mins to go and threatened to get an equaliser right up to the final whistle but could not convert losing yet another tight match.
With the average Piranhas team this year having 7 players between 13-16 and playing against mainly full adult teams in MBBO7 this year, it is great to see all our younger players battling extremely hard, and get themselves in front on the ball despite not quite matching physically against the opposition. If we can get the results in the last few matches to stay up, this team next year will be a different kettle of fish!