Match Reports 22/10/16

Ladies 1st Team

6-2 loss against Basingstoke 1s

Goal Scorers: Nicola Brown, Natasha Nunneley

This week Banbury faced newly promoted Basingstoke away. With equal points Banbury new it would be a tough game, with Basingstoke having comfortable wins in their previous two games. Banbury settled well, maintaining possession and putting the Basingstoke defence under a lot of pressure. However, going against the run of play Basingstoke capitalised on the turnover and broke quickly, an early shot off the top of the D by their captain put them 1-0 up. Banbury struggled to settle back into their game and Basingstoke took this opportunity to apply the pressure and their quick forward line broke through again to take the score to 2-0.

Banbury worked tirelessly to build the play and regain possession and were eventually rewarded when a shot from Vicky Page was deflected off the post but swiftly followed up by Nicola Brown who put it in the back of the net to bring the score closer at 2-1. However, Basingstoke again worked the ball down the middle of the pitch and a quick pass to a high forward and a shot off gave them a two goal lead to finish 3-1 up a half time.

With a change in formation to the Banbury line up, they started the second half positively and linked up well to work the ball up the pitch, playing the ball round the opposition. Great movement up front from Natasha Nunneley and Nicola Brown created several opportunities which were halted by the very strong Basingstoke keeper. Again, against the run of play Basingstoke broke quickly another early shot off the top took the score to 4-1.  With Basingstoke continuing to pile on the pressure, they were eventually awarded a short corner and from this a penalty stroke to put them 5-1 up. Banbury responded well, winning several short corners in return but failed to hit the back of the net.

Banbury kept working hard with Becca Edwards, player of the match, working the ball quickly out of defence, linking up well with Sam Humphreys. Quick movement from the forwards and a mistake from the Basingstoke defence won Banbury a short corner. The shot was quickly followed up by Natasha Nunneley, taking Banbury up to two goals. However, Basingstoke responded well and took one more shot on goal to finish the game 6-2. A disappointing result from Banbury, who played well but struggled to respond to the fast paced opposition. They have a game off next weekend and face Spencer at home on the 5th November.

Ladies 2nd Team

6-0 win against South Berkshire 2s

Ladies 3rd Team

1-1 draw against Buckingham 3s

Goal Scorer:Becky Kirwan-Lee

Banbury Ladies 3’s faced their toughest opponent yet in the form of a young, fit and very well structured Buckingham Ladies 3s. Some great attacking play was had by Banbury resulting in a short corner which Buckingham’s Goalkeeping skilfully kicked clear. 20 minutes into the match Banbury were awarded a second short corner this time Banbury had made a plan. Shiv Kirwan-Lee took the hit-out passing to Captain, Becky Kirwan-Lee. The plan so nearly went to ruins when Buckingham’s defence took a different tactic and covered the chance of a square pass, B. Kirwan-Lee coolly V-dragged passed the oncoming defence and slotted the ball home giving Banbury the leading goal, 1-0. Banbury’s defence stood up well to Buckingham’s attempts at an equaliser leaving the score at 1-0 for half time.

Buckingham’s superior fitness shone through in the second half and despite some strong attempts from Banbury’s attack the Buck’s defence and keeper skills held strong. Buckingham then used some brilliant team work to attack and C Yates played a disguised shot through the legs of keeper, Mandy Handforth, taking the score to 1-1.

Banbury fought on in attempt to regain the lead and their hopes were strong when another short corner was issued right on the full time whistle. The ball was creamed straight past the left post and Banbury had to cope with their first draw of the season.

Banbury’s ‘Man of the Match’ was awarded to Immi Kirwin for some fantastic defensive play and the use of her voice to command the team.

After a week’s rest Banbury go away for their next match against Oxford 5’s on 5th November; still top of the table, clinging on with their fantastic goal difference.

Ladies 4th Team

3-0 win against Phoenix Ranelagh 3s

Goal Scorers: Emma Nelson (2), Miranda Edwards

The 4’s continued their good start to the season with a comprehensive win over an experienced Phoenix side, producing flowing moves and sharp passing hockey down both sides of the pitch. Miranda Edwards  provided stability in the centre of the park , with Emily Fothergill again picking off any stray balls that threatened her area. The first goal came from a composed run and cross from Katie Atkins , which was slotted home by Emma Nelson on the left. Nelson got her second in a similar fashion, this time Fran Bucher  providing the service.

The second half promised much and a short corner routine from Anna Webb back to injector Edwards saw the third goal. In defence Sean Glaze provided a calm commanding vocal presence  and took some stunning tackles, with Alice Offord tenacious and impregnatable  on the left. The forwards continued to press for more goals, Nelson denied her hattrick by the goal post and Atkins missing by inches. The result stayed 3-0 and Banbury stay top – well done girls!

Ladies 5th Team

1-0 win against Chalfont 5s

Goal Scorer: Sophie Jelfs

Another hard fought battle with good and not so good moments, this was a confident team (again with lots of changes of personnel) who wanted to capitalise on their recent good results.

At times the delightful passing hockey from the week before was absent,  but with young forwards prepared to run at

the  defence it was end to end stuff again as Amersham were similarly lined up. The score was deadlocked well into the second half, Amersham up on short corners but without reaping rewards.At the other end the young Amersham keeper had to make barrages of saves and with her usual hard work in midfield, Holly Brummell was opening up routes through for Sophie Jelfs and Hannah Phillips. With a welcome return to hockey following a knee operation, Karen Brooker gave an experience voice to the defence and Beth Camp was solid in the middle.

Eventually the deadlock was breached by a surging run up the left  by Jelfs who struck the ball well into the goal. It was end to end until the final whistle, finishing 1- 0 to Banbury. Man of the match this week was Frances Claydon, picking off loose balls from all directions, and Lauren Smith showed great maturity in the midfield , holding her position well and therefore providing excellent cover for the forwards.

Men’s 1st Team

3-3 draw against  Horsham 1s

Goals Scorers: Simon Boardman (2), Steve O’Connor

Men’s 2nd Team

6-2 win against Oxford Hawkes 2s

Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith (3), Ian Reynolds, Adrian Simons, Jonny Stirrup (2)

Second team travelled to local rivals Oxford hawks with a strong side for their game. After a frantic start to the game with Oxford hawks youngsters sprinting around the pitch Banbury opened the scoring through a well placed Max Grossmith drag flick from a short corner. The game continued at the same pace with Banbury’s old heads controlling the possession. After some fantastic saves in the Banbury goal Banbury were able to capitalise with 2 more goals from Max Grossmith as well as goals for Addie Simons, Jonny Stirrup and Ian Reynolds giving Banbury a convincing 6-2 win to up hold the unbeaten run.

Men’s 3rd Team

10-0 win against West London 1s

Goal Scorers: Stuart Armstrong (3), Jamie Boardman, Tom Boardman (5), Matthew Bull

The 1st half was a close affair with both sides playing some good hockey. The young defensive unit of Sam Bracke, Joe Whinmill, Olly Webb and Same Picke making sure that  West London were limited to only a few half chances. Ross Gilkes, making a welcome return to the Banbury goalmouth was only called upon a handful of time throughout the game but each time looked like he had never been away!

The score at half time was 2-0

The unconventional skills of Dave Clark in the midfield provided a good platform in the middle and once Banbury got into their stride their was no stopping them as they launched a series of flowing counter attacks resulting in 8 goals scored in a 20 minute blitz to make the final score 10-0

The father – son pair of Jamie and Tom Boardman shared 6 goals between them. 5 for father Tom and one for 14 year old Jamie, his 1st for Banbury in a senior shirt.

Stuart Armstrong picked up a hat trick and Matt Bull coolly slotted home one of his trade mark drag flicks to round off an emphatic win.

Men’s Piranhas

3-2 win against Slough Swifts

Goal Scorers: Andy Camp, Ali Nash, Sam Baldry

Banbury Hockey Club’s Piranhas where away at Slough facing a mid-table clash needing the points having lost their two previous games. A very hard fought open game by a young Banbury  Piranha side saw the away side come back from 2 – 1 down to win 3 – 2 scoring the winner with 10 mins left. Andy Camp scored a great deflected near post Penalty Corner routine in the 1st half for the Piranhas with two further goals in the 2nd half by Ali Nash (another deflected Penalty Corner) and the winner and his first goal for the team by Sam Baldry.