Match Reports 21/10/17

Ladies 1st Team

2-1 Loss against London Wayfarers

Goal Scorer: Natasha Roberts

A very positive start for Banbury Ladies 1’s on Saturday, compared to the previous week, and the strength of the teams passing meant they broke through London Wayfarers defence within the first few minutes of the match.  Despite not being able the convert the short corner opportunities, Natasha Roberts beat the opposition defence shortly afterwards for a straight strike and consequently a goal. Banbury kept their composure and set the press well but unfortunately with 2 minutes left before half time, London Wayfarers scored, levelling the result.

After an encouraging team talk at half time the second half started just as well. Although two of the Banbury players received a green and yellow card the remaining players worked really hard together and retained possession. London Wayfarers second goal of the match came 15 minutes into the second half and despite the efforts and attacking strategy from Banbury there wasn’t enough time to score again.


Ladies 2nd Team

2-0 Loss against Amersham and Chalfont

Ladies 3rd Team

5-0 Win against Bicester


Ladies 4th Team

2-1 Win against Thame

Goal Scorers: Alice Heathcote (2)

Banbury Ladies 4s put in their best show of the season in Division Three of the Trysports League when beating table-topping Thame 2 – 1.

Banbury started strongly, but were caught on the break and Thame scored the first goal against the run of play.

The second half saw Banbury go up another gear and they were rewarded with a powerful shot from Alice Heathcote to give them a deserved equaliser.  Then a fine run up the right wing from Flo Tuthill, playing her first senior game alongside mum Ruth, produced a cross that Alice turned in for the winner.

It was an excellent team effort, especially from the defenders Saffie Inskip, Katie Atkins, Abby Rutherford and goalie Sammy Bates.


Ladies 5th Team

4-1 Loss against Newbury

Goal Scorer: Natalie Vallone

With a blustery game in store another changed line-up saw Banbury under the cosh  for most of the match, a very well drilled Newbury side, with u18’s who would be in our 4’s at least, moving the ball well and moving off the ball even better.

Their first goal came from good interplay between their midfield and slotted in at the far post.

Banbury rallied quickly and Caitlin Laverick put Natalie Vallone away up the left, her shot deflecting first off a defender, then the goalkeeper to cross the line (with a little wind assistance).

Newbury pushed hard and were rewarded with a short corner which was put in by the injector.

The rest of the half saw the Banbury defence repelling wave after wave of attacks, Mandy Handforth saving with every part of her goalkeeping outfit, including one off her chest from a defender!

So 2 -1 down at half time, all the younger players fighting hard, but unable to really put the Newbury defence under pressure.

The second half saw Newbury again relentless in attack, and on one occasion Carol Hicks was harried by 6 at once, but wriggle free with the ball. Natalie Vallone ran her heart out, and newcomer Libby Haden had a very impressive first adult game, but eventually the pressure saw 2 more goals,  both via reflections.

Several passages of good passing play and no-one giving up proves this will be a team that will continue to grow and improve, but movement off the ball and closer marking needs addressing to tighten up our ability to compete at this level.

Player of the match : Natalie Vallone


Men’s 1st Team

1-1 Draw against Tulse Hill and Dulwich

Goal Scorer: Kieran Symons

Banbury men’s 1st hockey team came back from their trip into London against Tulse Hill with a point from the 1 – 1 draw but it felt more like a loss as they gifted the home side their first point of the season and they tumble down to 7th in League despite not having lost a game since their very first pre-season friendly in mid-August.

Banbury started brightly again creating chances that seemed easier to score than to miss, with strong moves down both flanks but mainly the right through Barney Williams, Aussie Kieran Symons and Jonny Stirrup but balls flashing across the D failed to find a Banbury stick.  When Banbury did get shots away outstanding work from the home keeper kept them at bay.  Eventually the pressure began to tell and Symons was able to slot home a penalty corner in the last minute of the first period.

The visitors again began the second period well, forcing another great series of saves from the home keeper and committing crass misses to squander chances that should have settled the game.  But it was Tulse Hill that scored to level the match after 28 minutes.  The home goal followed an extraordinary goal line save by Symons but Gregor Rosenkranz pushed home when the ball was not properly cleared to safety.  Banbury were unable to repeat the miracles of recent weeks and snatch a late goal so they came away with the draw.

Manager Steve Brooker said “We have come away disappointed from a game that should have been put beyond doubt in the first half against opposition from the bottom of the table and we need to settle these games when we get the chances if we are to maintain a challenge for promotion.  Next week we travel to mid–table Trojans on the south coast and we know what to work on during mid-week training!”.


Men’s 2nd Team

3-3 Draw against Aylesbury

Goal Scorers: Ian Reynolds (2), Mark Crowley

The men’s 2nds hosted table topping Aylesbury feeling confident they could get a result out of the game after the previous weeks strong performance.

Banbury started the game perfectly opening the scoring inside the first five minutes, a flowing counter attacking move took the ball the length of the pitch only for Charlie Camp’s shot to be saved off the line by the Aylesbury defender. Acting captain Ian Reynolds stepped up to take the resulting penalty stroke and squeezed the ball into the bottom left corner under the diving goalkeeper. The first half was balanced affair and after a number of chances Aylesbury got themselves back on level terms through a sharp deflection at the back post.

With ten minutes gone in the second half Reynolds grabbed his second goal of the game, picking up the rebound after a Louis Yates drag flick was well saved by the Aylesbury keeper. The away side however, responded again intercepting a miss placed pass and making no mistake from the two against one situation they found themselves in.

Banbury again took the lead Mark Crowley reacting quickest to another rebounded Yates drag flick, hammering the ball into the Aylesbury goal. Again though Banbury could not make the lead stick and Aylesbury grabbed a late equaliser with three minutes left on the clock. Banbury had a chance to win the game, winning a short corner on the final whistle but resolute defending from the away side kept Banbury at bay and meant the points were shared.


Men’s 3rd Team

1-1 Draw against Sonning


Men’s Piranhas

3-1 Win against Newbury and Thatcham

Goal Scorers: Stuart Ralph, Harry Simons, Matt Allman

Despite the Piranhas team consisting of a contrasting mix of young and old with most of the team either qualifying for under 16’s or over 50’s, the Piranhas continued their good form with great pass and move hockey to secure a comfortable 3 -1 win over mid table Newbury and Thatcham.

 The Piranhas went into a well-deserved lead after 20 mins with a great move to find Stuart Ralph at the far post for a 1 yard reverse stick tap in after a great Harry Simons reverse stick cross. Despite good play and more chances the Piranhas, could not increase their lead and went in at half time just one up.

 The excellent play continued in the 2nd half with good Piranhas possession and movement with Newbury and Thatcham only creating a few chances ably snuffed out by the excellent Piranhas defence.

 The Piranhas second goal came midway through the 2nd half from a nicely worked Penalty Corner with Harry Simons slapping in from mid D.

 Newbury and Thatcham pulled one Back 10 mins from time, but the Piranhas avoided a nervy close out by getting a third shortly after from another well worked Penalty corner, this time slotted in by Captain Allman from the P spot.