Match Reports 24/02/18

Men’s 1st Team

6-3 Win Against Staines

The Banbury promotion push keeps on track with another impressive victory to overcome the demons of their loss in the first half of the season against Staines and run out 6 – 3 winners in their home return leg to keep the second place 6 point cushion over third placed Guildford and further extend their positive goal difference.

Banbury started brightly but it was the visitors that broke down the home right side for James Lazio to score from close range for his first goal and give the relegation strugglers some hope of avoiding the drop.

But Banbury are resilient with the confidence built from a successful run and pushed through to have a devastating 5 minute spell in the middle of the first half.  With Josh Nunneley returning to the pitch having limped off after a painful knock to the knee his sharp side line push found Max Grosmith whose slipped pass set up George Brooker to shoot home and level the scores.  Only a minute later Nunneley’s long aerial pass again found Grosmith whose pass set up Simon Boardman to give the home side the lead.  Then only 3 minutes later Aussie Kieran Symons slammed home a penalty corner to send Banbury into half time with a 2 goal lead and looking good.

With confidence brimming Banbury increased the lead only 4 minutes into the second half with Tyson Nunneley finishing from close range.   The visitors are desperate to avoid relegation and fought back with Lazio getting his second by converting a slick and well-practiced penalty corner move to reduce their deficit.  Banbury lost some of their confidence and formation shape under the renewed Staines pressure but it was the home side that were able to score 2 more in another purple spell with Symons netting his second and Joe Allan’s tireless work finding reward to clock up the home side total of 6.

Staines still attacked with Banbury looking vulnerable despite the 4 goal lead for Lazio to clock up his hat trick and reduce the deficit, but it was too little too late to change the result which leaves Banbury flying high.

Manager Steve Brooker said “We have completed another great win today over determined opposition and now defeated every single side in the League at least once.  We travel to Purleigh next week, they have seen a recent upturn in performance and must not be underestimated if we are to maintain our momentum.”

Men’s Piranhas

5-1 Win Against Bicester

The Piranhas went to Bicester for a must win relegation 6 pointer.

The Piranhas started very well moving the ball quickly and scored with their first attack following a nice move and reverse stick flick by Lee Allen.

Jamal Moursalli was moved up to striker for this week and promptly scored a brace. The first was a lovely move from midfield to top D to right wing with utility right back Noel Britto finding Jamal on the P spot who slapped home. The second was an opportunist reverse stick shot from
Top D that found its way into the bottom corner.

The Piranhas started the second half as they they did the first and created some good early chances with Ricochet Ralph scoring 2 in quick succession – the first a poach from a Lee Allen flick and the second a well taken deflected goal from a sharp strike into the D.
Bicester came back in the last 15 mins and despite the good defensive play from Ethan , Felix , Guy , Ady Lamb and Noel scored a consolation goal leaving the final score 5 – 1 and three points in the bag.

The Piranhas should take note on how they created space and chances with quick pass and move hockey and need to replicate this for the rest of the season.