Match Reports 15/10/16

Ladies 1st Team
3-2 win against Havant 1s
Goal Scorers: Sadie Lapper (2), Vicky Coombes

Banbury were back to winning ways this weekend after beating Havant ladies 1’s 3-2 on home soil. After failing to gain three points during last weekends away fixture, Banbury were keen to set things straight against a team that previously played in Division 1. 

Starting the game looking strong, Banbury were quick to take the lead in only the eighth minute. A smart passage of play from full back Becca Edwards on to Aussie, Nicola Brown on the right, resulted in player coach, Sadie Lapper slotting the ball into Havant’s goal from the penalty spot. 

Havant quickly got into the game and were hot on the heels of all the Banbury players, making life a little more difficult. After pressurising the Banbury defence Havant managed to win a short corner and capitalise from their opportunity, taking the score to 1-1. Despite now drawing level with the opposition, Banbury came back fighting to take the lead before the half time whistle. This time it was Vicky Coombes who was able to take advantage of a short corner with a powerful drag flick through the Havant keeper’s legs. 

The second half saw Havant come out hard at the Banbury defence. However Player of the match, Lara Wilkinson, kept a cool head and managed to hold up Havant’s attacking line on multiple occasions. It wasn’t long before Banbury were back in their attacking half. With some scrappy play from both sides in front of the Havant goal, Sadie Lapper managed to jab the ball past the goal line; making it her second goal of the game and giving Banbury a 3-1 lead. 

As the game began to draw to a close Banbury started to tire. Havant however kept piling on the pressure and were able to fire home a straight shot from the top of the circle in the sixtieth minute. The pressure was on with memories of the previous week’s game coming flooding back to the Banbury players and supporters. Thankfully Banbury were able to hold on for the remaining ten minutes of the game and secure the three points. 

Next week Banbury face Basingstoke away, another new team to the league this year who are currently level on points in the league table.

Ladies 2nd Team
7-0 win against Slough 2s

Ladies 3rd Team
9-5 win against Abingdon Pilgrims 1s
Goal Scorers: Amy Briant, Shiv Kirwan-Lee, Becky Kirwan-Lee (2), Katie Young (2), Charlotte Micallef (3)

Travelling to Abingdon for an early start, the ladies 3s were determined to play better than the poor performance shown the week before, when they scraped a 1-0 win.  Thankfully, attacking as a team right from the whistle, it wasn’t long before Amy Briant slotted the ball in from a great cross.  
The first half ebbed back and forth with goals flying in at either end. A short corner late in the half saw a great strike from Becky Kirwan-Lee, which was kindly deflected into the goal by a defender to give Banbury a 4-3 lead at half time.
The second half was another goal fest.  Katie Young extended the Banbury lead, before Abingdon got another back.  Charlotte Micallef then decided it was time to join in the goal scoring, and after lots of great stick work in the D, scored Banburys 6th.  Abingdon very nearly got an equaliser, however this was denied by a brilliant goal line save by Claire Gardner.  At 6-5, Banbury then took control, and the game was finished off with goals from another short corner strike from Becky Kirwan-Lee, and two very composed, skilful and individual goals from Charlotte Micallef, to give her a hat-trick and, very deservedly, the man of the match vote for the week.
At 9-5 the game ended with Banbury 3s taking their 4th win out of 4 in the league.

Ladies 4th Team

Banbury Ladies 4s
2-1 win against Newbury and Thatcham 3s
Banbury ladies 4s braved the A34 to face a Newbury and Thatcham side that sat one place below them in the table. The team knew the game would be tough, but having been unbeaten in the league this year and yet to concede a goal, confidence was high. Newbury gained the upper hand moving the ball quickly round the Banbury defenders before a shot beat the out stretched glove of the Banbury keeper.  Banbury did not let this early setback faze them and they were soon attacking again, although their efforts were cut out by the strong Newbury defence.  Both teams continued to push forward throughout the first half, although the defences remained strong resulting in a 1-0 deficit for Banbury at half time.  The second half was a combination of lovely attacking hockey combined with gritty defending.  Banbury showed grit and resilience and found their way back into the game after a number of short corners.  Banbury deservedly drew level after a Saffie Inskip strike from the top of the D was met beautifully by Miranda Edwards with a deft flick into the goal.   There was late drama as with three minutes to play Banbury found a way through the Newbury defence to take the lead from an excellent shot by Imee Roberts that was struck firmly into the goal.  However, the travelling fans were not given an easy final few minutes as Newbury’s continued pressure was rewarded with a short corner at almost full time.  The Banbury defence stayed strong and kept Newbury out to take the points.  It was a great squad performance with 13 men (ladies) of the match.
The result means Banbury went to the top of the table and with Reading losing they will hold top spot going into Saturday’s match against Phoenix and Ranelagh 3s.
Scorers: Miranda Edwards, Imee Roberts

Ladies 5th Team
3-1 win against Aylesbury 4s
Goal Scorers: Milly Blyth-Green, Natalie Vallone, Carla Ficking
This was a hard fought game , both sides having fast forwards and the Aylesbury team was very used to the bouncy pitch. Banbury were under a lot of pressure from the start and Mandy Handforth in goal was called on throughout to keep the determined Aylesbury youngsters out , some saves were very spectacular, including two or three stick saves , diving low and reaching high.
However Banbury continued to work on moving the ball wide using all their players and avoiding the hit and hope Aylesbury tactics. This eventually led to a well worked goal from left to right which was put away from a hit at the top of the D by Milly Blyth-Green. Before the end of the first half Banbury added another , this one a break away by Carla Fickling crossing to Natalie Vallone on the left to whack home. 
The second half saw a lot of pressure again from Aylesbury, but Banbury  responded with great counter attacking and passing play particularly between  Carla and Sophie Fickling, showing great flair and tenacity. The Aylesbury attacks eventually leading to a bouncing goal. However the Banbury team dug deep again and an individual run from Carla lead to her deserved goal, finding the corner of the Aylesbury goal.
A determined all round team effort,  with Carla and Mandy sharing the man of the match votes, narrowly pipping Sophie into third place. Well done everyone.

Men’s 1st Team
3-1 win against Guildford 1s
Goals Scorers: Kyle White, Joe Cooper (2)

Men’s 2nd Team
11-1 win against Marlow 2s
Goal Scorers: Dave Clark, Max Grossmith (3), Simon Hodgkinson, Tyson Nunneley, Adrian Simons, Jonny Stirrup (2)

Men’s 3rd Team
4-2 loss against Aylesbury 2s
Goal Scorers: Stuart Armstrong, Craig Irvine

Men’s Piranhas
3-0 Loss against British Airways 2s
Banbury Hockey Club’s Piranhas faced an extremely strong British Airways 2’s who were top of the table coming into the match. The opposition cemented their position with a  3 – 0 win over the Piranhas with one goal in the first half and two in the second. Although it took a while for the Piranhas to get to grips with the very fast and skilful British Airways attack, the Piranhas with some great defence and saves went into the break, a solitary goal down. The Piranhas settled down in the second half and played some good short passing hockey and were unlucky not to bag at least a couple with chances going astray. One unfortunate deflected Penalty Corner, and a break away goal as the Piranhas were pushing to get back on terms sealed the game for British Airways late in the 2nd half.