Match Reports 14/10/17

Ladies 1st Team

7-3 Loss Against Witney

Goal Scorers: Natasha Roberts (2), Maddie Hunt

A slow start proved costly for Banbury Ladies 1’s this week. Local rivals Witney attacked from the first whistle, and opened the scoring after only two minutes. Banbury were pushed back throughout the first half, and a succession of short corners saw Witney convert several of them to move into a 5-0 half time lead. Some fine saves from Banbury goalkeeper Emma Henriksen had been crucial in keeping the score down.

Captain Becca Edwards used the half time break to motivate the team to come out with a much higher work rate in the second half. Banbury finally got a foothold in the game, resulting in Natasha Roberts firing home an excellent goal. Although Witney added two more goals, Banbury continued to work hard and got some reward with Maddie Hunt on hand to score off a rebound from a short corner. Natasha Roberts grabbed her second to complete a much improved second half performance from the young Banbury team.


Ladies 2nd Team

3-3 Draw against Newbury and Thatcham


Ladies 3rd Team

4-2 Win against Wallingford

Goal Scorers: Claire Armstrong (3), Charlotte Micallef

Banbury came up against a strong Wallingford team and although scoring 10 minutes into the first half an equaliser followed shortly after. With some lovely passing and passages of play and the work of Imee Roberts down the wing Banbury were rewarded with two further goals from Claire Armstrong and Charlotte Micallef before half time.

Into the second half the game remained even but 15 minutes before the end the captain of Wallingford was shown a yellow card on behalf of their coach who continued to comment on the umpiring decisions despite a previous warning. Wallingford continued to pressure and managed to pull another goal back. After some clumsy tackles Banbury player Joanna Atherton was awarded a green card 5 minutes before the end however Banbury continued and with the defence holding tight and the strength in the middle of the pitch a further goal was scored resulting in the 4-2 win.

Man of the Match; Claire Armstrong


Ladies 4th Team

6-0 Win against Harlow- High Wycombe

Goal Scorers: Alice Heathcote (5) and Amelia Roberts

Banbury 4s travelled to High Wycombe and came out 6 – 0 winners of their game,  with Alice Heathcote scoring five of the goals.  The home side played with only nine players and Banbury took time to adjust to this, but at half time were leading 3 – 0.  Carol Hicks, promoted from the ladies 5s played well in defence alongside Katie Atkins who had another stormer of a game this week.  Alice bagged another two goals in the second half and Amelia Roberts added a well deserve goal to complete the score line.  This has now lifted Banbury to 6th in Divison 3 of Trysports League.


Ladies 5th Team

7-0 Loss against South Berkshire

BHC 5s had to fight hard in this game against S Berks 4s.  Up against a strong side Banbury did not deserve to lose by seven goals and fought hard to the final whistle.  They lost Eve Briscoe to injury very early in the game and battle hard with sterling work by Banbury defence lead by Frances Claydon and Ann Glover.  Full marks to the entire team.


Men’s 1st Team

2-2 Draw against Wycombe

Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons and Max Grossmith

Banbury mens 1st XI hockey team entertained high flying League rivals Wycombe on Saturday and came away with another draw to fall to 6th in Premier South Division 2.

Banbury started brightly but a combination of squandered early chances and brilliant work from the visiting keeper kept the scores level.  The sides fought a tough midfield battle until the cool head of veteran Matt Bull found a super wall pass combination with Steve O’Connor surging forward to pick out Max Grosmith in the D who finished with authority from close range and give the home side a lead into the half time break.

But Banbury wasted the hard won lead early after the break conceding a series of penalty corners, returning home keeper Scott Reynolds and the home defence could only keep out so many well practiced moves and Wycombe’s William Budgell forced home a shot that deflected past Reynolds to level the scores.

The sides continued to fight an entertaining battle and it was the visitors who broke the deadlock through Kirushanthan Sivagnanam with only 3 minutes remaining.  Banbury repeated last week’s successful tactical shift, went to three in defence and threw everything at a Wycombe defence reduced to 10 men for a yellow card offence and won a penalty corner on the stroke of full time.  With the game in the balance Aussie Kieran Symons crowned a fine performance slamming home the last touch of the game to claim a draw.

Manager Steve Brooker said “We have grabbed a last gasp point again but we see this as an opportunity lost after the first half chances we failed to convert.  Next week we are back into central London against Tulse Hill and we must prove why we are well above them in the League and claim three vital points to put as back in contention for League leadership.”


Men’s 2nd Team

2-1 Win Against South Berkshire

Goal Scorers: Ian Reynolds and Mark Crowley

The second team travelled to Wokingham on Saturday to face off against the current leaders in the table, South Berkshire. Banbury started strongly with Ian Reynolds finishing off some extensive spells of possession to put Banbury ahead at the break. After the half time interval, the opposition came back into the game with a clinical finish, but this was short lived as Mark Crowley rounded several players and beat the keeper to put Banbury ahead again. Banbury kept their heads amongst several opposition cards to maintain their lead until the final whistle. A good hard fought win, Banbury move on to Aylesbury at home next week looking for their first back to back wins this season.


Men’s 3rd Team

5-2 Win against Aylesbury

Goal Scorers: Tom Boardman (2), Jamie Boardman and  Dave Clarince (2)


Men’s Piranhas

0-0 Draw against Oxford