Match Reports 23rd September
Ladies 1st Team
1-0 Loss against PHC Chiswick
Banbury Ladies 1st XI stepped out for the first time this season to face Chiswick at home. Banbury knew it would be a physical game based on previous encounters with opposition. Despite this, with a new squad, with many youngsters, this did not deter the home side. Chiswick came out and tried to enforce their dominance from the start, but this did not phase Banbury. Both sides played some positive hockey from the start, with Banbury finding gaps in the Chiswick defence early on. Natasha Roberts was able to pick out long balls from the midfield and was unlucky with a decision going against her just at the crucial moment. Against the run of play, Chiswick made a break through the centre of the Banbury side; they fortunately found a free player on the back post, who slotted home a goal one minute before half time. This gave Banbury something to think about for the second half. Both sides fought furiously, with Chiswick making attempts to bully Banbury off the ball. Regardless of her slight build, Molly Levene battled against the opposition, making them revaluate their strategies. Banbury improved their structure, stopping Chiswick from penetrating down the middle of the pitch, preventing more goals against them. Pip Jones showed her experience when making some lovely passes through the midfield, providing more opportunities for Banbury. A short corner in the last minute made a draw seem possible, however, Banbury were unable to convert this opportunity and the score remained 1-0 to Chiswick. Although a loss for the start of the season, it was a positive start in terms of the hockey played and the squad can only build on this. The ladies played Havant away next week.
Ladies 2nd Team
3-2 Loss against Newbury and Thatcham
Ladies 3rd Team
3-2 Loss Against Oxford Hawks
Goal Scorers: Fran Bucher and Emma Nelson
Oxford Hawks 5s started much the stronger team with most of the forward play and as a result Banbury were 3-0 down at half time. Banbury had a much stronger second half and although the game was end to end some great defending stopped Oxford from increasing their score. Banbury were awarded a short corner which Fran struck nicely into the back of the net and with 10 minutes to go Emma calmly took the ball round the hawks keeper to score our second goal. We didn’t quite manage to score our third but to end on a positive note it was great to see new players integrating into the team. Player of the match goes to Maya Rawal.
Ladies 4th Team
2-1 Loss Against Marlow
Goal Scorer: Alice Heathcote
Banbury Ladies 4s opened the new season in Division Three of the Trysports League against a Marlow side that gained promotion alongside them last time and went down 2-1 in a close game.
Banbury, with a new-look side containing a number of players stepping up several divisions, settled in quickly. A great run on the right wing by Yasmin Revill produced a pinpoint cross that was swept home by Alice Heathcote to put them ahead.
Marlow equalised before the break, and then snatched a second half winner. This was a blow for the Banbury defence that saw top performances from goalkeeper Sammy Bates and Frances Claydon.
Ladies 5th Team
0-0 Draw Against Bicester
Stepping up a league( with a large proportion of the side leaving to stepup 3 leagues to the 4’s), this first league match was always going to be tough and right from the off so it proved .
Bicester were fielding a very similar side to the season before and so settled quickly into a nice passing game. Banbury took a little time to settle but picked up some nice passing passages of play and started to use their youth and speed to cause the Bicester defence some real problems, Sophie Jelfs working hard in the centre up front and Hannah Phillips using her considerable speed and stick skills to tear their way into the D, resulting in some short corners which missed by inches, hit the post and one scooped off the line.
Bicester countered with pace and force, but Amanda Perkin and Sian Glaze in front of keeper Mandy Handforth kept them at bay , their short corner strike too high to be allowed.
The second half saw end to end battles, and centre half Carol Hicks was forced to use all her experience and guile to keep feeding the ball to the forwards under considerable pressure. Lauren Smith intercepted plenty of threatening attacks, and newcomers Caitlin Laverick and Kelly Bradfield in defence proved up to the challenge from some very physical opponents.
Both teams tired towards the end and sheer dogged determination by the Banbury defence kept the score 0-0.
A hard test, things to work on at training but a well-earned point.
Men’s 2nd Team
2:1 Win Against West Hampstead
Goal Scorers: Ian Reynolds and Joe Allen
Banbury 2nd team started the season strongly with a win at home against West Hampstead. With half a new side it was one of the senior members, Ian Reynolds, who put Banbury ahead with a well taken penalty corner. Joe Allen, a new comer to the side, then doubled the lead half way through the first half. The visitors got one back early into the second half but Banbury held on for victory. Next week sees them play away against Tring.