Match Reports 12/11/16

Ladies 1st Team

2-2 draw against Brighton 1s

Goal Scorers: Nicola Brown (2)

Banbury ladies 1’s travelled down to Brighton at the weekend and came away with a 2-2 draw.

With Brighton sitting just one place above in the league, this was an important fixture and the Banbury ladies were in good spirits, having all travelled down to Brighton together the night before.

Despite the miserable weather, Banbury made a very strong start and put the pressure on Brighton’s defence from the whistle. A series of quick passes led to Emily Hogg making an excellent run up the right, securing Banbury the first short corner of the match. The first strike was saved by Brighton’s experienced keeper, but forward Nicola Brown managed to pick out the rebounded ball and score Banbury’s first goal. Very quickly afterwards Brown took another great strike to take Banbury two nil up within the first 10 minutes.

Banbury continued to keep possession in open play, but Brighton stepped up their attack, winning short corners. Capitalising on one of these opportunities, Brighton brought the score back to 2-1 going in to half time.

The second half didn’t start in the same manner as the first half and Brighton quickly built in confidence. Brighton won a number of short corners, but the Banbury defence held strong. Unfortunately Brighton finally got the break they were looking for and managed to find the back of the net to make it 2-2.

A fairly scrappy final 10 minutes from both teams meant that the game ended at 2-2. After such a successful start, the Banbury ladies were clearly frustrated to come away with a draw, but look forward to working on some key areas ahead of next weekend’s home game

Ladies 2nd Team

3-2 win against Amersham and Chalfont 2s


Ladies 3rd Team

8-0 win against Oxford Hawkes 5s

Goal Scorers: Becky Kirwan-Lee,  Siobhan Kirwan-Lee (3), Katie Young, Sadie Lapper (2), Claire Armstrong

Banbury had a flying start with Captain Becky Kirwan-Lee passing the ball skilfully through the D to Shiv Kirwan-Lee who pushed the ball passed the keeper giving Banbury their first goal of the game in just under 2 minutes.

Banbury were awarded a short corner 10 minutes later and some great passing enabled Katie Young to score Banbury’s second goal. Banbury continued their great attacking form and a 3rd goal came from some great individual skill from Sadie Lapper, taking the half time score to 3-0.

Banbury held nothing back at the start of the second half  and a great tap round the keeper saw Shiv take her second goal just minutes in. Banbury continued to dominate throughout the pitch as Hawkes struggled to get through the rock solid defence.

The next goal came when Leanne Townsend ran towards the D and crossed the ball into Claire Armstrong who neatly slotted into the back of the goal.

Banbury only had to wait a couple of minutes before Siobhan tapped in a powerful cross from Claire, giving Siobhan her hattrick and taking the score to an impressive 6-0. Hawkes were still struggling to hold onto any possession with Banbury working hard to cut out any passes and some fantastic tackling skills. Some great team work all the way up the pitch saw Sadie score an impressive aerial goal over the keepers head.

Hawkes continued to push towards the Banbury goal but were again denied by the skills of the defensive line.

With 15 minutes to go Banbury were awarded a short corner, another great pass from Becky saw Katie secure her second goal. Hawkes had one last push for a goal however a fantastic save from Goal Keeper Tilly Davies ended the game in a 8-0 victory to Banbury.


Ladies 4th Team

7-0 win against Reading 4s

Goal Scorers: Helena Roberts (2), Nicola Page (2), Miranda Edwards, Anna Webb, Katie Atkins

Banbury 4s cemented their position as leaders of Trysports Division 4 when returning to winning ways and recording their highest score of the season with a 7 – 0 win over Reading 4s.

Leading 5 – 0 at half time with goals from Helena Roberts 2, Nicola Page 2 and Miranda Edwards, they went on to add a further two in the second half from Anna Webb and Katie Atkins.  At the other end a hard-working defence helped ‘keeper Sammy Bates keep a clean sheet.  This was a great team performance.


Ladies 5th Team

12-0 win against Abingdon 3s

Goal Scorer: Cath Page (4), Claire Jeffrey (4), Daisy Newton, Fran Bucher, Charlotte White, Holly Brummell

On the back of last week’s confident performance, Banbury were looking to capitalise against an inexperienced side made of a lot of adults new or back in this season. With a knock on effect from above(so many players), and a returning Cath Page from back injury, the extra pace and hockey experience soon showed with Banbury 3  0 up in 10 minutes ,  with Cath providing  a well worked first goal and 2  from Claire Jeffrey, totally ruthless in front of goal. The young Abingdon goalkeeper played very well all game , but her defence were no match for Claire, who completed her hat trick before half time. Every time the ball wriggled free, the midfield line scooped it up and reapplied the pressure,  with Megan Broome very effective on the left feeding Cath well up the line.

At four-nil  up at half time, it merely remained to capitalise and score as many goals as possible, the team were looking to improve on their passing around the  D to open up more opportunities,  and this proved key as Cath unzipped them down the left for her second and Fran Bucher added a thunderbolt from the top of the D on the right. Claire added her fourth and on numerous occasions  Yasmin Revell  and Hannah Phillips  came close.  A good passing move right to left saw Cathy’s hat trick  and this was followed by Charlotte White  slotting in from close range, capitalising  on Tuesday’s training session.

Daisy Newton,  who with Fran , Yasmin and Hannah had provided constant pressure  on the right was rewarded with a great individual goal and Cath again found the net on the left , her shot deflected by a defender into the roof of the net. The last goal was Holly Brummell’s reward for her hard work at centre half  and the final figure was 12, very pleasing for Mandy Handforth  in goal for Banbury who had told us before the match that was  our target  (she didn’t touch the ball for the second week, Amanda Perkin and Frances Claydon  again ensuring she was a spectator).

This result has seen the 5’s lifted to second place ahead of Thame on goal difference and 3 points behind Slough with a match in hand.

A very pleasing result with Man of the match  shared by Megan Broome and Cath Page


Men’s 1st Team

6-3 loss against Milton Keynes 1s

Goals Scorers: Kyle White, George Brooker, Kyle White


Men’s 2nd Team

5-1 win against Staines 2s

Goal Scorers: Adrian Simons (2), Ian Reynolds, Nick Best, Sam Bracke

Saturday saw the second team play against bottom of the league Staines, and Banbury took advantage.

Three unanswered, first half goals put the game out of sight. Firstly Ian Reynolds continuing his short corner success, then Adrian Simons walking through the Staines defence, and finally Sam Bracke scoring on his second team debut.

After the break, further goals from Simons and Nick Best secured the three points. Late in the game Jamie Lamb saw yellow for ‘accidentally’ sliding several feet out of his D to play the ball.

This allowed Staines to convert a short corner against our stand in keeper Rhys Potter. Next week is at home against BA, we look forward to offering our upmost hospitality. Perhaps we can produce a 5-1 three times on the bounce.


Men’s 3rd Team

4-3 loss against Staines 3s

Goal Scorers: Stuart Armstrong, Matt Coleman (2)

Banbury Threes played well in a tight contest against Staines and will consider themselves unlucky to be on the losing end. Banbury started well in the first half and dominated much of the play in the early phases of the game. Banbury took the lead midway through the first half through a Stuart Armstrong short corner and doubled their lead through Debutant Matt Coleman, before a lapse in concentration saw Staines finish off a well worked move with the final touch of the first half.  At 2-1 Banbury looked comfortable in the opening minutes of the second half, but Staines upped their work rate and intensity and ran in three goals in quick succession taking the score to 4-2. Banbury put in a late charge lead by Matt Coleman who finished of a brilliant third goal by beating three Staines defenders and then lifting the ball on his reverse over the Staines keeper into the top left corner. Banbury threatened to get back on level terms but were unable to convert a number of chances they created.

Men’s Piranhas

2-0 loss against Bourton and Sherborne 1s