Match Reports 2/12/17
Ladies 1st Team
2-0 Loss against Spencer
This week Banbury faced league leaders Spencer which would prove to be a tough battle. Banbury started well but Spencer dominated possession and created some good chances which lead to 3 short corners within the first 10 minutes. All of which Spencer were unable to convert thanks to resolute defending from Banbury.
Following this Banbury settled into the game better and turned the tide into a much more even event. In the nineteenth minute Spencer broke through Banbury’s last line of defence, Jenna Stockwell opening the scoring. With some good tackling by Spencer, Banbury’s chances on goal were few and far between. Spencer now had the momentum and Georgie Everitt doubled their leadfrom open play in the thirty third minute.
At the start of the second half Banbury came out all guns blazing. With some good defending by Ali Sturla, Becca Edwards, Alice Offord and Emma Warlow, Spencer only created a few chances. Lauren Thomas made some excellent saves to keep the score at 2-0, and possession remained fairly even throughout the second half. Unfortunately Banbury were unable to find the breakthrough and the final score remained at 2-0 to Spencer, although Banbury had put up a good fight against a very good and experienced side. Next week Banbury face Hampstead and Westminster who are one place above Banbury in the league and Banbury will be in with a good chance of leapfrogging them.
Ladies 2nd Team
3-3 Draw against Witney
Ladies 3rd Team
2-1 loss to Phoenix and Ranelagh 2’s
Goal scorer: Katie Arnold
This was always going to be a tough game with Pheonix being in the top 3 of the division but during the first half of the game Banbury maintained equal possession and with some strong defending by Cath Page and great saves from goalkeeper Olivia Pigden the score remained 0-0 at half time.
Pheonix came out strong at the start of the second half and a lovely shot into the top corner saw them 1-0 up. Banbury however came back shortly after and with some lovely passing play and a great finish Katie Arnold slotted a nice goal home to equalise.
The game continued to be slightly defensive for Banbury but with some tireless play from midfield supporting the defence things remained level until the dieing seconds of the game when Pheonix were awarded a short corner and maximised by finding the back of the net as the final whistle blew. A very spirited performance from Banbury ladies 3s who were very unlucky not to take a point.
Ladies 4th Team
3-1 Win against Aylesbury
Ladies 5th Team
2-1 Win against Sonning
Goal Scorers: Liberty Hayden, Karen Atkins
This week saw the 5’s away at Sonning, knowing they were going to face an experienced side and fielding only 11 players – somewhat a novelty in recent seasons.
This was an end to end battle with great moves from both sides and excellent off the ball running from Natalie Kyte and Liberty Haden up front , ably assisted by Natalie Vallone.
The Banbury attack moved the ball both left and right and intense pressure told on the Sonning defence and both Natalies and Liberty were involved in a passing move that ended with the ball pulled back to the right hand post for Karen Atkins to bag her first goal for the club.
This gave the team encouragement and further pressure, this time from Holly Brummell and Carol Hicks saw the ball moved back into space in the D for Liberty Haden to coolly slot past the keeper .
The Sonning Vets used width and their hard hitting to force their way into the Banbury defensive area, but Megan Broome, Amanda Perkin and Frances Claydon were equal to all that was thrown at them , and again Mandy Handforth pulled off some excellent saves , but special mention must be to Molly Clarke who in her first adult league game was totally in control down the right hand side. At half time the Banbury side were 2 goals up
The second half saw Sonning with the majority of the attacks, but despite this there were good passages of attacking play from all areas of the pitch by Banbury. Eventually following a succession of short corners the Sonning team scored a goal and were pushing hard for a second. But their short corner strike which went in off a Banbury foot was deemed to have touched a Sonning foot first, and so with the seconds ticking down, Banbury clung on to win a very important match.
Goals scored by Karen Atkins and Liberty Haden. Man of the Match Molly Clarke.
Men’s 1st Team
5-3 Win against Tunbridge Wells
Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons (3), Richard Foreman, Tyson Nunneley
Banbury are getting back to where they want to be in the South Premier Division 2 with a 5 – 3 win against league leaders Tunbridge Wells and another hat trick for Aussie Kieran Symons to go third in the run up to the Christmas break.
It all looked ominous when the visitors caught the Banbury defence knapping as an aerial down the left side of the pitch evaded the defence and gifted a goal to Jack Garwood and give the league leaders a lead within seconds of the start.
But, Banbury are made of tougher stuff these days creating a chance to equalize within seconds and although it went begging the home side continued with their the attacking style of play and won a penalty corner that Symons confidently slotted into the bottom corner for his first and to pull the scores level. With tireless work in midfield from Steve O’Connor and great performances for midfielders Barney Williams and Jonny Stirrup the home side showed the confidence to disrupt the game plans of the visitors setting up another penalty corner just before half time for Symons to double his tally.
An early defensive wobble in the second half gave the visitors a penalty corner that was deftly deflected home by Kyle Mathieson to level the scores. Banbury struck back within a minute to reclaim the lead when Symons thundered home a reverse stick shot from a penalty corner and claim his second hat trick in two weeks.
The home side continued to dominate play to extend their lead with veteran Richard Foreman striking home into the corner of the goal to finish another fine left sided move and restore the 2 goal cushion. With confidence high the penetrating pass from Josh Nunneley found the in-form Joe Allan to set up Tyson Nunneley whose shot gave the home side a 3 goal lead.
The leaders were under huge pressure but threatened to reduce the arrears with breakaway counter attacks and broke down the home side right to win a penalty corner for Chris Smith to again reduce the lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Banbury saw the game through with the 2 goal lead to further improve their goal difference ready for their long trip to the south coast against Bournemouth next week. Manager Steve Brooker was delighted after the game “At last we are beginning to show the real ability of this side which is packed with talent, one more win next week and we are right back in contention.”
Men’s 2nd Team
4-2 Win against Reading
Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith (3), Nick Best
Men’s 3rd Team
4-3 Win against South Berkshire
Goal Scorers: Dave Clarke (2), Harry Loxton, Tom Boardman