Match Reports 24&25/03/2018

Ladies 1st Team

7-1 Loss against Hampstead and Westminster (Saturday 24th March)

Goal Scorer: Sadie Lapper

Banbury Ladies 1st XI were at a dangerous position in the table, this Saturday. So, the game against Hamstead and Westminster held a crucial fate for the team. After a strong performance against top of the league the previous week, the girls were feeling confident in their play, and certainly wanted a win.

The game started with equally strong play from both sides. Sadie Lapper held centre defence and worked hard along side Sophie Hills and Alice Offord to protect dangerous territory. However, within 5 minutes of the game, Hamstead won a short corner, which resulted in a their first goal; a straight strike from Bascombe. Shortly after this corner, another was given, which led to Bascombe’s second lucky strike of the match.

At 9 minutes Banbury found a foot in the D; a short corner was given. However, with a good effort, no goal was scored.

Lapper and Offord continued to play strong balls from the back line through to forwards; Georgia Veredon and Emily Newsome, which stretched the pitch and allowed for fluid passages of play. Nearing end of the first half, Banbury began to tire, which left Hamstead’s forwards an easier route to goal. Hamstead won themselves 4 more short corners. Despite the best efforts from Banbury’s defence, two more goals were scored by Konfederak and Lockhart.

Banbury began the second half with renewed positivity. Midfield players, Victoria Warlow, Jenny Marsh and Ali Sturla, continued to play the ball around the opposition, thus offering space to the likes of Veredon and Maddy Hunt who used the wings to drive at high speed to goal.

Soon enough Hamstead forward, Konfederak found her way to goal and scored her second of the match.

Banbury worked tirelessly to defend the middle of the pitch and prevent any further goals. Natasha Roberts and Hunt worked hard in the attacking D to achieve a successful shot. However, Hamstead won yet another short corner, which gained the opposing team another goal, from Lockhart.

Banbury’s hard work payed off, and a short corner was won in the remaining 15 minutes of the game. Lapper hammered home the team’s first goal, with a strong strike.

Hamstead stole themselves their final short corner and goal, in the last 5 minutes.

With the final score standing at 7-1 to Hamstead and Westminster, the ladies will try not to be despondent and will look ahead to their next match of the weekend. Notably some improvements to be made, but nonetheless, a good game had by all.

 

9-1 Loss Against Surbiton (Sunday 25th March)

Goal Scorer: Natasha Roberts

The Ladies 1stXI were missing some key players on Sunday, but were eager to work hard against Surbiton and hold onto their place in the table. This noticeable effort showed consistently through the duration of the game.

Within the first few minutes of the match, Surbiton stole a short corner resulting in a goal for their team. Rebecca Perkins, Sophie Hills and Miranda Edwards worked hard through the back line to clear the ball from dangerous territory. Unfortunately, another goal was conceded. Surbiton then won themselves another short, which again proved lucky. The score line was brought to 3-0 early in the match.

Victoria Warlow and Jenny Marsh worked hard with Natasha Roberts to force the ball further up the pitch, opening space and further options for Emily Dove and Maddy Hunt to make timed leads; gaining more ground. With this strong tactical effort from Banbury’s forwards, a short corner was won, but unsuccessful.

Shortly after Banbury’s second unsuccessful short, Surbiton forwards made a break and scored another goal.

With 25 minutes of the game down, Surbiton scored 4 more goals bringing the score line to 7-0.

Roberts showed exceptional tactical skill, driving through play and into the D, from her position on the back line! An unlucky miss from a Robert’s strong strike left the score line standing.

Surbiton began the second half by stealing themselves another short, which was unsuccessful with Warlow and Perkins particularly strong defending.

Roberts got lucky with another amazing strike, gaining Banbury their first goal.

Banbury showed improved play in this second, only losing a further 2 goals to Surbiton, leaving the score line at an unlucky 9-1.

Banbury should take the positives from their last match of the season, after playing a much stronger and confident game through the second half. It has been a great season for all who have been involved, and the team have exhibited a considerable improvement since the start of the 17/18 season.

 

Ladies 2nd Team

2-1 Win against Phoenix and Ranelagh

 

Ladies 3rd Team

2-1 Win against Abingdon

 

Ladies 4th Team

3-0 Win against Maidenhead

 

Ladies 5th Team

2-0  Loss against Maidenhead

 

Men’s 1st Team

5-3 Win Against Tunbridge Wells

Goal Scorers: Josh Nunneley, Richard Foreman, Simon Boardman, Joe Allen (2), Barney Williams

Banbury have stormed back into the South Premier Division 1 with an emphatic 6 – 1 win over lowly Bournemouth as their promotion rivals Guildford were humiliated with a 5 goal loss at League leaders Tunbridge Wells.

With Banbury needing a win to secure their place they changed the player rotations to ensure relentless attack and it paid huge dividends, with all of the play the first of the goals took a while to arrive but it was the first of a landslide as Josh Nunneley slammed his penalty corner into the roof of the visitors net to take the lead.

There was a long delay when Aussie Kieran Symons suffered a season ending injury in a collision with a Bournemouth player that saw them both taken off to hospital, but there was no stopping Banbury despite a let off as the visitors failed to convert an almost undefended penalty corner with Scott Reynolds returning as home keeper to make a dramatic save.

The home side’s domination started to turn into goals as veteran Richard Foreman completed a left sided move to thunder the ball home and double the lead 10 minutes before half time.

The second half continued in the same way with Banbury dominating and winning barrages of short corners and the visiting keeper only able to parry Nunneley’s drag flicks so that Simon Boardman then Joe Allan were able to slot home from close range to double the lead.  With Nunneley’s brother Tyson ending one of his many mazy runs to crash the ball goalwards and Barney Williams touching it home from close range the home side were rampant.  Midfielder Steve O’Connor was denied what seemed to be a clear penalty flick but Joe Allan doubled his tally for the day following up the resulting penalty corner to bring the total to 6.

With minutes to go Banbury had a lapse in concentration allowing the visitors to break down the right and George Baugniet to get a consolation goal with his crisp shot into the bottom corner. But it was far too late to make a difference.

Manager Steve Brooker had to wait 2 hours to hear the result of the Guildford game before learning that promotion had been won at the first time of asking to crown a season that turned around in the weeks before Christmas after an inconsistent start “We are the only team to have beaten them all season but Tunbridge Wells have done us a great favour by trouncing Guildford so that we can go into our postponed game at Purley in 2 weeks with promotion assured.  I am immensely proud of the team and the joint captains Barney Williams and my son George who have turned around a squad that was dispirited after demotion last year to bounce straight back into the big time.  We have achieved our objective and can look forward to a challenging season to come”.

 

Men’s 2nd Team

5-1 Loss Against Oxford 2 (Saturday 24th March)

Goal Scorer: Adrian Simons

 

2-2 Draw Against Marlow (Sunday 25th March)

Goal Scorers: Dave Clarke, Adrian Simons

Taking only one point from a possible 6 this weekend leave Banbury 5 points above the potential third relegation spot  and must look to pick-up at least 5 point from their remaining 3 games to ensure their spot in MBBO Regional Division 2 for next year.

Despite suffering a crushing 5-1 loss on Saturday at the Oxford, another team fighting for Survival in the league Banbury rallied well on Sunday to face Marlow. Coming back from 2-0 down at half time a dominant second half performance got Banbury back on level terms in the fixture. Despite creating many chances over the course of the second half Banbury were unable to net to winning goal that would have given them the three points they desperately needed.

Banbury’s final three games see them again face Oxford and a home and away fixture against Witney who have already confirmed their promotion and second place in the league.

 

Men’s 3rd Team

5-3 Loss against Oxford

Goal Scorers: Stuart Armstrong, Dave Clarke (2)

 

Men’s Piranhas

1-1 Draw against Leighton Buzzard