Match Reports 17/03/17 & 18/03/17

Ladies 1st Team (Saturday 18/3/17)

5-1 Loss against Brighton and Hove 1s

Goal Scorer: Aveline Cruikshank

A double header for Banbury Ladies 1st XI this weekend saw them play the first of their two games vs Brighton and Hove Ladies 1’s on Saturday. After failing to gain three points during last weekend’s away fixture at Spencer, Banbury were keen to make some improvements and get back to winning ways.

Starting the game with a positive mindset Banbury had hoped to take control of the game from the start. It was Brighton whoever that took their chance in the first 15 minutes of the game by intercepting a sloppy ball and scored the opener from a one on one with goalkeeper Lotty Dee-Andrew.

Banbury kept their composure when it seemed everything was going against them but didn’t manage to level up the score sheet before half time. Brighton came out for the second half looking hungry for goals and after being awarded a number of short corners they had their chance. A series of well drilled routines saw Brighton score from two of these and they took the lead 3-0.

Under the pressure and starting to look tired in places Banbury lost their structure and weren’t playing the classy hockey they normally display. A few wise words from player coach Sadie Lapper led to a skillful passage of play between forwards Natasha Nunneley and Nicola Brown before passing the ball on to Aveline Cruikshank who drove the ball past the keeper and into the net.

Brighton kept piling on the pressure and were able to work it through the Banbury defence finding an unmarked forward on the post waiting for the deflection. With 10 minutes to go it wasn’t looking good for Banbury at 4-1 down and they continued to let Brighton come inside them and attack the pitch. Defender, Becca Edwards, was unlucky to have a short corner awarded against her and Brighton converted the opportunity to make it 5-1.

A disappointing result for Banbury who on this day just could not penetrate their attacking end and were unable to convert the opportunities they created.


Ladies 1st Team (Sunday 19/01/17)

4-3 Loss against Epsom 1s

Goal Scorers: Nicola Brown, Victoria Coombs, Emily Hogg

Banbury ladies 1st XI were looking to bounce back from a recent run of bad results against Epsom on Sunday. Unfortunately it seemed that it was not meant to be when, against the run of play, Epsom took the lead. Banbury quickly responded with a neatly worked goal passed from Natasha Nunneley to Nicola Brown to slot home on her final game for Banbury before returning to Australia.

Epsom scored again to take the lead but again Banbury reacted quickly to get back to 2-2 through a penetrating strike by Victoria Coombs. Banbury were disappointed to not go into half time 3-2 up following a penalty flick being saved by the Epsom goalkeeper.

Epsom came out sharper in the second half and quickly scored from a harshly awarded short corner. On the front foot, they soon took a 4-2 lead. Banbury brought it back to 4-3 through some nice play resulting with a goal by Emily Hogg. Despite their best efforts, it was not meant to be for Banbury… again.


Ladies 2nd Team

4-2 Loss against Witney 2s


Ladies 3rd Team

1-1 Draw against Wychwood 1s

Goal Scorer: Charlotte Micallef

The Ladies 3’s had an important game this weekend, as we continue to chase promotion.

Banbury started strong and with some lovely passing all the way up the pitch. Streaky received a great pass from the midfield and worked round Wychwood’s defence to neatly slot the ball passed the keeper. Taking Banbury into the lead early on in the game. The hard work continued and Banbury were awarded a short corner but unfortunately the ball just went wide. Wychwood were adding pressure and  had a shot at goal which was saved by Jackie. Wychwood had another attempt on goal a few minutes later and unfortunately for Banbury this one hit the back of the net, taking the score to 1-1 at half time.

In the second half both teams continued to battle which chances from both sides, but neither team could convert. Ending the match in a 1-1 draw. Banbury still have a chance at promotion with a spot for 2nd still up for grabs.


Ladies 4th Team

1-1 Draw against Oxford Fireflies


Ladies 5th Team

3-0 Win against Bicester

Goal Scorers: Tilly Kirwin, Sophie Jelfs, Sophie Fickling

Weeks off don’t suit us- we always start slowly! Or maybe it was because some key people (including the captain) were late for the meet time…..

Bicester proved a robust opposition,  adults who were quite physical and  were quickly onto the Banbury midfield , leading to less accurate passing . However as the match progressed , the team settled and the passing became more accurate and eventually lots of shots on the Bicester goal ensued.The young Bicester keeper had a fantastic game and saved most of the attempts, but a passing move right to left was fired back across the D for Tilly Kirwin  to pop in at the post.

The second half again saw Bicester start the stronger, but now the settled Banbury side were tougher and started to create more inroads and following prolonged pressure , Sophie Jelfs drove in off the right baseline and powered the ball past the keeper.Hannah Phillips ran continuously and created her usual havoc up front, and Carla Fickling at right inner moved the ball around and showed great vision to create numerous chances.

Banbury started to press the Bicester hit outs very effectively and the third goal was a hard cross from Natalie Vallone to be received and coolly despatched by Sophie Fickling.

Another very important win, but for the Bicester keeper the score would have been higher, but with two matches to go, second place in the league is looking ever more probable.

Man of the match  : Hannah Phillips


Men’s 1st Team

5-3 Loss against Oxford Hawks 1s

Goal Scorers: George Brooker (2), Josh Nunneley


Men’s 2nd Team

7- 3 Win against Oxford 2s

Goal Scorers: Andrew Miller (3), Jonny Stirrup (2), Nick Best, Josh Chapman

Banbury Men’s 2nds travelled away to Oxford Men’s 2nds on Saturday with a changed team knowing that Oxfords low league position would not mean a foregone conclusion. It was Oxford who started the brighter of the two teams, moving the ball well and pressing Banbury back into their own half. Banbury eventually gained possession and found target man Andrew Miller, with plenty left to do Miller drove into the D and slotted the ball home into the far corner of the goal. Oxford continued to have the greater share of the possession but did not threaten the Banbury goal. When Banbury did get possession they were producing meaningful attacks with some great link-up play and this lead to Banbury racing into a 6-0 lead with Andrew Miller completing his hat-trick, Jonny Stirrup scoring a couple and Josh Chapman, finishing in style. Before the Oxford replied with a well executed short corner.

With Banbury only having 11 players the quick tempo game began to take its toll and Oxford grew into the game as Banbury were unable to retain possession. Oxford, finally took advantage of their dominance scoring two goals in quick succession. This lead to a cagey affair for the rest of the second half with both teams creating goal scoring opportunities. It was captain Nick Best, covering from a scrappy short corner to put any comeback fears Banbury had to bed. Banbury were happy with the final 7-3 scoreline, knowing they had attacked well in first half but could have played better in the second half.


Men’s 3rd Team

5-3 Win against Windsor 1s

Goal Scorer: Dave Clark (3), Stuart Armstrong, Tom Wilson

Banbury 3rd team secured their place in the division with an impressive 5-2 win against 3rd in the table Windsor on Saturday at North Oxford Academy.

The start of the game did not suggest that the score line would be anything like so emphatic as Banbury started slowly and were quickly a goal down following some aggressive defending and quick counter attacking from a Windsor side that was highly motivated and still in with a chance of promotion.

But Banbury fought back and were able to convert a penalty corner from Dave Clark using his silky skills in good measure.

Another counter attack put Banbury in front when a hit out from Guy Sambrook found captain Stuart Armstrong in space by the half way line. His rapier like Ling pass found the always available Clark who exchanged passes with veteran forward Noel Britto to bag his second of the game.

In the second half Banbury started to expert their pressure, Jamie Boardman showing some fleshes of young brilliance on the right and Sam Bracke showing doggedness in defence.

Armstrong made the score 3 – 1 with a neat 1 – 2 with Clark. And then the score was 4 – 1 with a neat deflection from Tom Wilson.

Although Windsor managed to get a goal back it proved to be a false dawn as Banbury sealed the victory through Clark who rounded of his hat trick with a fine individual penalty corner goal beating 2 players and slotting Cooley home!


Men’s Piranhas

2-1 Win against Windsor 2s

The Piranhas started the match strongly and showed more pace and energy than the opposition making early in roads into the Windsor D. A good drive down the right hand side saw Thomas Allman link with Jamal Mourssali and Piranhas newby Ethan Bissett resulting in an snap shot from Jamie beating to send the Piranhas into an early lead. More strong play by the Banbury forward line from Jai Robinson with good support from full backs Finlay and Adam, created some great openings but the final ball was poor from Banbury who could not capitalise. The high Banbury line and some slack marking did give Windsor some openings who were unlucky not to equalise hitting the post twice.

The Piranhas started the second half strongly and following a sweeping Piranhas move, were two up shortly after the restart with a great strike by Jamal Mourssali into the bottom left hand corner of the Windsor goal. Despite the Piranhas dominance and multiple shots onto the Windsor goal by pretty much the entire Piranhas midfield and forward line, the Piranhas could not secure the third goal that would have put the game to bed. As the game moved into the last 15 minutes, the Banbury nerves kicked and could not hold onto the ball effectively, handing the impetus to Windsor. Banbury managed to hold onto the 3 points, but not before Windsor had got a goal back, had a flick saved by Piranhas keeper Henry White, and kept out a couple of penalty corners just before the final whistle.

Men’s 4th Team

1-0 Loss against Bicester 4s

Banbury dominated first 15/20mins hitting the post twice and having 9 shots saved by the opposition keeper. Bicester however, were the more clinical of the two sides and converted from their first shot of the game. Banbury still pushed forward determined to equalise, but were unable to hit the target, numerous occasions went by with poor passing and poor control from Banbury’s players. Banbury finished the game disappointed with their performance, knowing they had not given a true account of themselves,  MOM was awarded to Ethan Blissett as he went closest to finding the goal.