Match Reports 18/19th February
Ladies 1st Team
Rest Week- No scheduled game
Ladies 2nd Team
1-0 Win against Phoenix and Ranelagh 1s
Ladies 3rd Team
1-0 Win against Bicester 2s
Goal Scorer: Vicky Warlow
In this re-arranged fixture Banbury started very positively and after some nice passing play and a great finish from Vicky Warlow Banbury went 1-0 up after just two minutes. Banbury had opportunity to go further ahead when they were awarded a penalty flick due to a Bicester player saving the ball with her foot. Becky Kirwan-Lee stepped up but the flick was well saved by the keeper.
In the second half the play was end to end but with Banbury having the better attacking play, several short corners and a one on one with the keeper they were unlucky not to increase their score, credit to the Bicester defence and keeper. In return the attacks that Bicester had were dealt with well by the Banbury defence, Cath Clarke making some great tackles and good cover work from Leanne resulted in the game ending 1-0.
Ladies 4th Team
3-1 Loss against Marlow 4s
Top of the table clash, Banbury were well up for this game hoping to close the gap. Banbury started well and attacked the Marlow defence they were just too strong, Marlow came away with the ball down the wing and played across to the unmarked striker who slotted in. Marlow continued to attack but Banbury broke with the ball and gained a short which a lovely slip pass to Grace King to slot it home to make it 1-1.
Marlow game back and received a short which they smashed in! Both teams were fighting for the ball for the rest of the second half. Start of the second half Marlow came out strong and played the ball to their forward who slotted it home for 3-1. Banbury kept fighting Miranda Edwards’s going close. The girls played so well but the final score 3-1 to Marlow.
Ladies 5th Team
3-1 Win against Hawks 7s
Goal Scorer: Yasmin Revell (2), Claire Jeffrey
This rearranged game was always likely to be hard fought , as Hawks have always produced loads of very promising youngsters, and both sides had substitutes in abundance. Who was going to come out on top?
The first half was end to end and finished 1 – 1 , Banbury having taken the lead through a short corner put in by Yasmin Revell, which was almost immediately countered with a deflected goal for Hawks into the roof of the net off Banbury ‘s Carol Hicks – sorry, Mandy (in goal). There were chances both ends and a lot of hard work for Holly Brummell and Natalie Vallone in the centre of the park, enjoying the added strength of Sian Glaze, moving into the middle of the back from her outside right position. She had a great game throughout, sweeping up a lot of the Hawks attacks, any others being dealt with by Frances Claydon.
Half time was a quick reminder to the girls to keep moving the ball around and look to use the width of the pitch, and a ‘no panic, we always finish strong’ , and so it proved. Although there were still lots of Hawks attacks, a lot of the pressure was on the Hawks defence, with Carla Fickling continuing to work hard and Yasmin Revell particularly effective.Claire Jeffries and Charlotte White had plenty of space and good runs up the left and another short corner was put in at close range again by Yasmin.
The final goal came from a long ball to Sophie Fickling, who rounded her player and drove for goal, her shot transversing the goal to be put in from about one inch by Claire Jeffries.
A good result, not our prettiest, but hard work and determination giving another very valuable 3 points.
Man of the Match: Yasmin Revell
Men’s 1st Team
8-2 Loss against Old Cranleighans 1s
Goal Scorers: Simon Boardman, Richard Foreman
Men’s 2nd Team
3-2 Loss against Tring 1s
Goal Scorer: Dave Clark (2)
On Saturday Banbury Men’s 2nds travelled away to Tring looking for their first points of 2017. The game started as an even affair with both teams launching attacks on each other’s D’s. It was Tring who took the lead converting from a short corner. With Banbury struggling to maintain possession Tring doubled their lead again from a short corner. In the second half Banbury looked to simplify their play and grew into the game. However, it was Tring who increased their lead. Banbury managed to claw themselves back into the game with two goals from Dave Clark. Banbury were unable to convert their late pressure, with Tring holding on to win 3-2.
Men’s 3rd Team
5-4 Loss against Gerrards Cross 1s
Goal Scorers: Jamie Boardman, Tom Wilson, Tim Yates, Tom Boardman
BHC mens 3s travelled to second in the table Gerrards Cross knowing that they faced a difficult challenge to get a result from the game.
The start to the game bore this out as Banbury went 2 goals down within the first 10 minutes of the game with Banbury giving up some very soft goals.
This galvanised the team and they started to grind their way back into the game and managed to get a goal through some battling work from Veteran striker Noel Britto setting up Jamie Boardman, fully 35 years his junior, to slot home.
A quick move then put Tom Wilson in the clear and he slammed home to out Banbury into the break an level terms.
Banbury’s start to the second half was similar to the 1st and they conceded early following some sloppy play. But Banbury were now playing some good stuff and their pressure was rewarded with a great finish from the tireless midfield stalwart Tim Yates and then they took the lead through the deadly Tom Boardman following a slick move.
Banbury could have put the game to bed but a series of missed chances then left the game in the balance and as legs got tired, GX came back into the game and were able to convert a couple of short corners to snatch the game from under the noses Banbury side who were left feeling a little hard done by the result.
2-1 Win against Eastcote 5s
Goal Scorer: Matt Allman(2)
It was the Eastcote team who came out of the blocks quickly and had Banbury under pressure for the first ten or fifteen minutes. The Piranhas could not get their ball place and basics under control and as such, had very few chances with Eastcote making most of the play. A nice midfield move by Eastcote down the right wing created some good space and found players unmarked in the Piranhas D and Eascote went into a deserved lead with a flick into the corner leaving Banbury Keeper Henry White little chance.
The Piranhas started to find their shape and with a good move, Simon West was put through and drove down the left hand touchline, slipped the ball to Matt Allman in the middle of the D who struck cleanly into bottom left corner to equalise.
The half continued fairly evenly with chances at both ends. Good defensive work by Andy Camp, Adam Bailey, Thomas Allman, Finlay McEvoy and Ali Nash kept out a series of Penalty Corners for Eastcote. Some great attacking interplay play by Ben Reville, John Townsend, Jamal Mourssali, James Doran together with Sam Baldry created a number of half chances but the Eascote defence held firm leaving both teams even at a half time.
The Piranhas came out in the 2nd half and corrected all their first half faults moving the ball quickly around the pitch with great pass and move hockey hardly giving the ball away. The Eascote side tired quickly and the Piranhas quickly started to create some good chances. The Eascote defence and keeper somehow kept the score level with numerous saves and clearances. The Banbury dominance increased with great control and distribution from Simon West and full backs Finley McEvoy and Thomas Allman pushing up giving great support and adding another attacking dimension.
With 9 mins left the pressure finally told and Banbury scored with a Matt Allman strike from a Penalty Corner. Banbury safely saw the game out leaving the final score 2 – 1.
5-0 Win against Old Halesonians Mixed in the England Hockey Mixed Trophy
Goal Scorers: Charlie Matthews, Lara Wilkinson, Kyle White (3)
Banbury got their defence of the England Hockey Mixed Trophy off to a winning start running out 5-0 winners against Old Halesonians Mixed.
Banbury looked the dominant team from the outset, enjoying long spells of possession moving the ball fluidly across the pitch. However, Banbury were unable to make this possession count, some fine saves from the Halesonians keeper kept the home sides attackers at bay and the teams on level terms. Halesonians settled into the game and were able to absorb the pressure they were put under by Banbury and even threatened to break the deadlock after launching a number of fast counter attacking breaks from deep within their own half. The first goal of the game came from Kyle White who picked the ball up on a tight angle and beat the keeper with a powerful drag flick. White then doubled the lead before half time striking the ball firmly into the bottom corner after eliminating two Halesonian defenders.
The second half started with Banbury 2 goals to the good, the lead was quickly increased to three as Lara Wilkinson smartly deflected in a Hayley Nunneley cross at the near post. Halesonians then enjoyed the better for the following 15 minutes pining Banbury back into their own half, winning a number of short corners for their endeavours. The Banbury defence however, remained resolute and protected their clean sheet. After multiple fine saves from the away sides keeper Banbury were able to add two further goals to their account, Charlie Matthews reacting first to a Tyson Nunneley shot that rebound back from the keepers pads and Kyle White rounding off his hatrick with a fine solo goal spectacularly firing the ball into the top corner on his reverse stick.