Match Reports 13/01/18

Ladies 1st Team

2-2 Draw against Havant

Goal Scorer: Natasha Roberts (2)

This week Banbury had a large squad to put in a strong performance against a Havant team that needed a strong start to the second half of the season.

With a hard start Havant broke early and shocked Banbury with a goal after the first few minutes. Then with a short corner, Havant put away another goal following a great save from Emma Henriksen. 2-0 down after the first 15 minutes Banbury had some work to do. With some stern words from player-manager Sadie Lapper Banbury switched on and put Havant under some serious pressure. Devastating runs from Molly Levene, Emily Dove, Georgia Verdon, Vicky Warlow and Jenny Marsh put Havant on the back foot. Taking time to work around the Havant defence Natasha Roberts used some strong skill to negotiate around the Havant goalie to put away Banbury’s first. With a boost in confidence Banbury kept strong putting Havant under continued pressure finally resulting in an equalizer for Natasha Roberts. Heavy tackling in the midfield from Sadie Lapper and Emma Warlow left Emma with an unfortunate green card to end the first half.

2-2 into half time, a strong team talk from Sadie Lapper and Captain Becca Edwards Banbury knew what had to be done to bring home the win. Strong defending from Charlie Price, Emma Warlow, Sophie Hills and Alice Offord during Havant’s fast break a ways kept the level score. End to end play kept tensions high with it all to play for resulting in a green card for Havant’s centre defender. Seeing the opportunity Banbury pushed forward winning a short corner, working well the corner was stopped on the line by a defender. Natasha Roberts stepped up for the penalty flick, hitting the inside of the post with an unfortunate angle Banbury were denied the lead. Havant then put the pressure on; the last five minutes Banbury were fighting hard to keep the Havant attack at bay. With a short corner awarded seconds before Havant found the back of the goal Banbury were let off. Strong defending from Becca Edwards, Charlie Price Emma Henriksen kept Havant away with the final whistle brining respite.


Ladies 2nd Team

2-1 Win against Oxford Hawks


Ladies 3rd Team

3-0 loss against Buckingham


Ladies 4th Team

6-2 Win against Kidlington

Banbury Ladies 4s pulled back from 2-0 down with an excellent performance on Saturday beating Kidlington 6-2.

Banbury were 1-0 down at half time and Kidlington scored fairly quickly at the start of the second half.  Banbury responded with a goal from Ann Glover and a cross from Emily Fothergill saw Claire Armstrong deflect ball into the net for the equaliser.  Banbury were then on a roll and further goals from Claire, Alice Heathcote and Amelia Roberts settled the match.  This win keeps the team in 4th place in Division 3 of  the Trysports League.


Ladies 5th Team

1-0 Loss against Wallingford

On the back of a good game narrowly lost the week before, Banbury 5’s were looking to repeat a good team performance and cap it with a few goals. With Gk Mandy on loan to the 3’s , the team rearranged with Natalie Vallone taking captain Carols place and she stepped into the kit.

Last time saw Wallingford utterly dominate and thump Banbury 6 – 0, but this week proved how much stronger individually and as a team we had become. Excellent passing and brilliant movement off the ball had Wallingford running much more than they wanted, and they found the pace of Natalie Kyte,  Gigi Morgan and Kelly Bradfield  hard to live with. Defensively there was good communication and Caitlin Laverick, Megan Broome and Molly Clarke dealt well with attacks down the flanks, leading to the umpire to ask Carol why the show was being run by the youngsters?

Cos they can, was the answer, if anyone is interested.

Eventually Wallingford pressure resulted in a short corner, which was passed wide and bounced, luckily for Wallingford off their stick into the goal and not a body. 1-0 down at half time.

The second half saw Wallingford coming out very strong and setting very good presses, with Banbury struggling to break free for the majority of the half. However Lauren Smith, Vicky Shackleton, Natalie Vallone and Holly Brummell dug deep and continued to unravel the attacks down the middle, Sophie Fickling appearing from off the wing at one point to steal a ball just outside the D, and on several occasions Banbury hit back fast on the break, leading to near misses by Morgan, Kyte and Bradfield (and a very nervous sounding Wallingford coach).

The constant pressure saw a succession of Wallingford short corners, but excellent marking kept the ball out of the goal. Frances Claydon man marked every attacker put near her out of the game, much to their frustration, and Amanda Perkin,  returning from skiing intercepted, distributed and ran the show with Claydon, leading to her getting the man of the match vote.

So another very positive performance, so close to goals and so near to none conceded,  maybe next week ladies, it must be our time to convert. A thoroughly enjoyable match.

Result 1 – 0  win Wallingford 4’s.. man of the match  Amanda Perkin.


Men’s 1st Team

3-2 Win against West Hampstead

Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith (2), Steve O’Connor

t may have been more of a stutter than a sprint but Banbury have returned from their first League outing of the second half of the season with all 3 points by completing the double over West Hampstead by the same score line of 3- 2 as the South Premier League 2 opener in September.

Banbury started strongly, in particular down the right now that the side has been strengthened with the return of Aussie Kieran Symons combining well with Jonny Stirrup. But it was a cross field ball from Louis Harris that found in form Steve O’Connor whose crashed pass was deftly deflated Into the roof of the net by Max Grosmith to give the visitors a lead after only 5 minutes.

Still looking rusty Banbury were unable to take advantage of the early and conceded only 7 minutes later when Laxman Kharan was able to finish from close range to level the scores.  Banbury inconsistent it was only smart work from Banbury defender Matt Bull to make a goal line save that prevented the visitors from going into half time a goal down.

Banbury looked to have put their game back into gear starting the second half to retake the lead when Symons pass found Grosmith on the edge of the home D and his crashed shot flashed past an immobile home keeper to retake the lead.  Harry Camp earned his well-deserved man of the match keeping the home side at bay but it was an even more spectacular goal line save by Bull that retained the lead as Banbury’s ragged performance meant they were unable to relax until the 30th minute when O’Connor swept home a parried save from a Symons penalty corner and double the lead.

Despite the late score West Hampstead were not finished and stormed back as Banbury tired with Alex Stobbart scoring with one minute remaining to halve the lead, but it was not enough and the visitors consolidated their second place in the League.

Manager Steve Brooker said “I am delighted with a winning start to the second half but we were below par today and fortunate to come away with the points, we know we have more in the tank and enough to win the League if we can realise our potential – roll on next week with a home game against London Academicals”.


Men’s 2nd Team

6-3 Win against Tring

Goal Scorers: Connor Beesley, Nick Best, Ian Reynolds (2), Christian Squire, Jack Tyler-Chamberlain

Mid table Tring brought a strong team to the North Oxfordshire Academy. After struggling in the return fixture earlier in the season the Banbury 2s set out to bring their November form into the new year.

The match began with Banbury conceding two early goals to a combination of poor marking and a lack of urgency.  This left the side 3-1 down at half time. The second half was a different matter with a re-energised Banbury side winning multiple short corners converting four in the half. A shell shocked Tring side became frantic as Banbury overcame them and the match was crowned with a beautiful team goal built on some exquisite passing. Banbury come off this 6-3 win hoping to maintain the second half form next week against the only team to have beaten them in the league.


Men’s 3rd Team

5-2 Loss against Wallingford

Goal Scorers: Dave Clarke, Mark Crowley