Match Reports 17/02/18
Ladies 5th Team
1 – 0 win against Maidenhead
Goalscorer: Liberty Haden
Another very impressive gutsy performance , with everyone doing their bit to ensure this game delivered the result we needed – with Maidenhead just in the relegation zone , they were looking to pull out a win and put pressure on the teams above, ourselves included.
Going into the match the other important match in our division had gone our way (and also given Maidenhead hope) and from the start it was end to end and the defensive display from Daisy Newton, Frances Claydon, Sian Glaze and Molly Clarke proved crucial with some determined attacks being kept at bay. Lauren Smith and Holly Brummell battled to supremacy in the mid field and fed the forwards resulting in some excellent attacks of our own. Sophie Fickling drove hard up the right and caused problems for the left defenders, while Charlie White, and Liberty Haden gave dynamic central play. As always Natalie Kyte ran twice as far and fast as anyone else, creating chances and covering defensively.
Banbury came closest in the first half with Fickling missing by inches and Carol Hicks blasting the ball past the far post. Both White and Haden had shots cleared by the keeper. Despite hard pressure, all Maidenhead attacks gave nothing to trouble keeper Mandy Handforth.
The second half continued in the same vein with Maidenhead throwing everything they had at Banbury and running harder than in the first half, so the young Banbury forwards responded in kind, and started to stretch play wider and higher. At last a ball through the middle saw Liberty Haden chase it down and just get enough of a touch on it in the D to ensure it missed the oncoming keeper and we were 1 -0 up. With Maidenhead pressing harder, Mandy Handforth had her first saves of the game to make,, the defence transferred the ball from left to right under pressure (brilliant girls, told you you could!) and held their nerve to keep us in front.
This was just such a good team performance again and a very entertaining match to watch. (The mascot now has an impressive Banbury kit thanks to Frances) . 3 more points and more to come!
Result : 1 – 0 win Banbury, goal : Liberty Haden, Man of the match Sian Glaze.
Men’s 1st team
6-1 Win against Guildford
Goal Scorers: Simon Boardman, Matthew Bull, Josh Nunneley, Kieran Symons, Barney Williams
Banbury returned to form and came back from their potentially season defining clash against Guildford with all 3 points and a great boost to their goal difference after a 6 – 1 victory.
This was a very tough fixture and scale of the score line belies the grit of the game, a better indication of the scale of the achievement is that it was Banbury goal keeper Fergus Dunleavy who won man of the match.
Banbury were unsettled in the opening minutes as the strength and quality of their closest rivals for a promotion place left them reeling under a succession of attacks, but it was Aussie Kieran Symons, back into the scoring groove whose penalty corner slotted into the bottom corner of the home goal gave the visitors a lead after 13 minutes. With Banbury finding their form a break into the left of the home D by the tireless Joe Allen found Matt Bull in an unaccustomed forward position to force the ball home and double the lead.
It was Bull, again in a forward position, whose push was stopped on the line by a defenders foot winning the penalty slammed home by Josh Nunneley to give the visitors a 3 goal lead at the half time break.
Despite the three goal lead Guildford were not finished and it was only stalwart defence from Nunneley and fellow centre back Harry Camp that kept the gap intact until the 10th minute of the second half when Barney Williams finished a cross from the left by George Brooker and Banbury could begin to feel comfortable. Nunneley’s second goal and then Simon Boardman’s roofed deflection of Symons penalty corner strike put the result beyond doubt but no-one seemed to have told Guildford as they continued to attack with Josh Powel reducing the difference in the closing stages.
Banbury Manager Steve Brooker was very pleased with the day’s work “We have bounced back in great style from the disappointment of the loss last week. With 5 games to go we maybe 6 points behind the leaders but we are also 6 points ahead of third placed Guildford. We entertain Staines next week and must maintain the quality of our performance if we are to continue our promotion push”.