Match Reports 25/11/17
Ladies 1st Team
2-1 Loss against Trojans
Goal Scorer: Molly Levene
Banbury ladies XI travelled down to Southampton to face Trojan’s 2XI on Saturday 25th of November, following a disappointing defeat last week against Surbiton.
Trojans started the first half strongly, piling pressure onto Banbury, however strong defensive work from Charli Price and Ali Sturla meant their forwards were kept subdued and possession was not converted into chances. A hard-working Banbury side struggled to keep possession against the well-disciplined opposition however, and some quick breaks led to a succession of short corners for Trojans. These were well-executed by Nyssa Cole, resulting in her scoring two straight strikes from the top of the D. Banbury responded by upping their game and some good flowing moves upfront saw Banbury challenging a strong Trojan goalie but were unable to convert their chances leaving the score 2-0 at half time.
Following an inspiring team talk from captain Becca Edwards, Banbury returned to the pitch rejuvenated and every player stepped up. Banbury started the better of the two sides in the second half, their work rate and team play surprising their opponents; good runs upfront eventually led to Molly Levene finding the breakthrough goal following a stunning run from Natasha Roberts through the middle of the pitch.
A now dominant Banbury team pushed hard for an equaliser, until unfortunately a yellow card for Ali Sturla reduced the pressure on Trojans allowing them back into the game. Despite finding themselves a player down and under increasing pressure, the Banbury defence held firm leaving the game 2-1 at full time.
Ladies 2nd Team
2-1 Loss against South Berkshire
Ladies 3rd Team
Cancelled due to a frozen pitch
Ladies 4th Team
3-0 Loss against Henley
Banbury 4s suffered only their third defeat of the season in Division Three of the Trysports League when conceding three goals against a young and well-drilled Henley team.
The home side took an early lead and, although they worked hard, Banbury were still trailing at the interval. The second half saw Henley add a further two goals to secure the points
Banbury battled to the final whistle, but were unable to score.
Ladies 5th Team
Game cancelled due to frozen pitch
Men’s 1st Team
7-0 Win against Blackheath & Elthamians
Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons (3), Joe Allan, Steve O’Connor, Tyson Nunneley, Louis Harris
Banbury men’s hockey team have finally returned from one of their long trips to south London with all 3 points taken in commanding style from their hosts Blackheath with a convincing 7 – 0 victory.
Banbury made a flying start in the first minute when an inspired aerial pass from centre back Josh Nunneley to Joe Allan deep in the opposition half resulted in winning a penalty corner coolly slotted home by Aussie Kieran Symons for the first of his goals. For the next 15 minutes the visitors sparkling hockey produced no more goals but then Tyson Nunneley was able to finish yet another sweeping move to double the lead and only 3 minutes later Symons forced in another penalty corner to give Banbury a 3 goal lead into half time.
With no sign of the nerves that have sometimes cost them dear the visitors continued to dominate the game and wing back Louis Harris was able to crown a fine performance and complete a superb run the length of the pitch to finish and increase the lead to 4 early in the second period.
With Banbury now in overdrive Symons was able to complete his hat trick with an open play goal to finish yet another penetrating move. Allan was next in line to score and Steve O’Connor completed the 7 goal total against demoralized opposition.
Banbury stay at 5th in the table but now look more secure and better placed to move up the table as there are only 2 points now separating the 5 teams chasing League leaders Tunbridge Wells.
It is the leaders who will provide the opposition next Saturday giving the chance for Banbury to test their restored form with only 2 games to go until the half season break.
Manager Steve Brooker said “We have at last found our scoring sticks to gain a very well deserved away victory and we can now look forward to the challenge of playing the leaders with real confidence. Two more wins and we will be in real contention in the second half”.
Men’s 2nd Team
Game Cancelled due to frozen pitch
Men’s 3rd Team
2-1 Loss against Slough