Match Reports 25/2/17
Ladies 1st Team
1-1 Draw against Havant 1s
Goal Scorer: Charlie Price
Banbury made the long journey to Havant, excited to have another league game after so many recent cancellations. They took this enthusiasm into the opening phases of play, and retained most of the possession, attacking the opposition’s half. Banbury won several short corners without being able to convert the opportunities, until towards the end of the first half. Finally, a well-rehearsed short corner routine saw Lyndsey White set up Charlie Price for an emphatic finish.
The second half saw Havant starting to put more pressure on for an equaliser, with a more even balance of possession between the two teams. In defence, Becca Edwards and Sam Humphreys stood firm, with the midfield line working hard in front of them. Unfortunately, Banbury were caught out as a fast Havant forward intercepted a pass with a clear run to goal, coolly finishing to equalise. Both teams continued to press hard, with good work in the midfield line, as Emily Hogg managed to make some headway against the opposition as Banbury regained control of the pitch within the last few minutes. However, despite Banbury’s efforts, they were unable to produce the winning goal, leaving a final score of 1-1.
Ladies 2nd Team
5-3 Loss against Amersham and Chalfont 2s
Ladies 3rd Team
4-1 Win against Oxford Hawks 5s
Goal Scorers: Becky Kirwan-Lee, Katie Young, Siobhan Kirwan-Lee, Charlotte Micallef
This was a well matched game with end to end play. However, Banbury’s strong teamwork eventually put Banbury in the lead when a short corner saw Becky Kirwan-Lee drive the ball into the goal.
Oxford Hawks nearly equalised from a short corner but Cath Clarke manged to stop the ball mid- air with some great defence.
Some great midfield play from Amy Briant and Lucy Wilkes maintained Banbury’s lead alongside Grace King’s great runs down the pitch.
Banbury’s second goal was scored by Siobhan Kirwan-Lee who played a fast ball straight into the back of the goal. Banbury continued to fight hard in defence with some solid defending from Cath Clarke, Leanne Townsend and Helena Roberts.
The third goal was beautifully executed from a short corner with some slick, strategic passing from Becky K.L to Katie Young who scored.
Oxford Hawks fought back hard and finally scored following four consecutive short corners.
Banbury’s fourth goal was impressively scored by Charlotte Micallef, who skilfully ran the ball from the half-way line to score.
Some great goal-keeping from Tilly Davies especially as there were so many short corners.
Man of the match went to Katie Young.
Ladies 4th Team
2-1 Loss against Reading
Goal Scorer: Cath Page
Banbury travelled to Reading on Saturday hoping to keep promotion in their sight, but Reading had other ideas. Reading’s senior side did not allow Banbury’s young side to play their usual hockey. Reading had some very solid hard hitting players and this did not suit the young Banbury side. Reading went ahead within the first ten minutes and made 2-0 before half time with a very well taken short corner.
Banbury came out in the second half fighting and settled much better into the game and Cath Page managed to find the net. Full marks to the Banbury side who fought to the final whistle but the equaliser was not to be.
Ladies 5th Team
6-0 Win against Abingdon 3s
Goal Scorers: Yasmin Revell (2), Charlotte White, Holly Brummell (3)
With hopes running high for another good win, Banbury looked forward to this match as they had won 12 -0 on the first occasion of the season. Abingdon had used their matches to greatly improve their game play and despite only fielding 8 players and no goal keeper,defended with total resilience and great determination.
Facing a kicking back proved a daunting task to the young forwards, how to score without injuring another human/ this should be easy, why is it not? Having all the pressure without the rewards threatened to disrupt the shape of the team, but gradually they settled and started to use the width better and penetrate more frequently,the first goal for Holly Brummell put in at close range at the left post , having been worked across from the right. The second goal was from a short corner slipped left for Charlotte White to slot home and the third half way through the first half was well worked along the back line by Sophie Fickling and pulled back for Holly to calmly put in.
Abingdon came out fighting in the second half, but now Banbury had a better idea of the task ahead and although it was still hard to find the net, the structure of play was better. Yasmin Revell added two goals in quick succession, one from a long ball upfield, the other worked well up the right through Katie Arnold and Lauren Smith, both put to the left foot of the kicking back, exploiting her lack of a reverse stick take.
The final goal was a lovely individual effort for Holly Brummell to complete her hatrick by flicking into the net at the left corner.
Another valuable 3 points, lots to keep working on, all the goals well taken to the corners of the goal and lots learnt in a short space of time by all who participated.
Man of the match : Holly Brummell
Men’s 1st Team
3-1 Loss against Milton Keynes 1s
Goal Scorer: Simon Boardman
Men’s 2nd Team
10-1 Win against Staines 2s
Goal Scorer: Max Grossmith (6), Adrian Simons (2), Jonny Stirrup, Josh Chapman
Banbury Men’s 2 hosted Staines Men’s 2nds at home looking to kick start their second half of the season. Banbury started off the game well moving the ball well and feeling comfortable when Staines had possession. Banbury opened their account with a fine back-post finish from Jonny Stirrup, after a misplaced shot from Max Grossmith. Max Grossmith quickly found the target with two fine individual goals. A further two goals from Adrian Simmons and Josh Chapman left the score at 6-0 going into the break. After the break, Staines came out looking to improve their showing. With some high pressure applied from Staines Banbury were unable to retain possession and Staines were rightly rewarded with a goal. This spurred Banbury into life and with Max Grossmith converting two short corners and finishing off another two well worked moves before the end of the game. This left the final score at 10-1, a result Banbury will be happy with after recent weeks.
Men’s 3rd Team
3-3 Draw against Staines 3s
Goal Scorers: Stuart Armstrong, Tom Boardman (3)
1-0 Loss against Bourton and Sherborne
Banbury started the game playing some great hockey and having much better of the first half. Great work up front by Man of the Match “King Piranha” Jamal who gave the B&S defence a torrid time forcing two great saves from their keeper, but the Piranhas could not find a way to get the ball into the back of the net and teams went into the break 0-0.
The second half was a more even affair, with both teams not creating many chances. A defensive error let B&S score with only 8 mins left and despite a good last few minutes from Banbury, could not get an equaliser.
Despite the disappointing 0-1 loss, this was definitively one of the more enjoyable games we have played. Hard but fair opposition and well umpired my Adrian Simons and Terry Clarke.
1-0 Loss Against Eastcote Eagles
Man of the Match: Adam Bailey
A close, hard fought game saw an improved performance from Banbury 4s who have had little hockey since the start of the new year. An even first half saw end to end hockey with a good passing game given by both sides, especially by Banbury’ s youngest players Ethan and Felix Webb with help from Adam Bailey and Lee Allen. With lots of effort but with no score the second half continued in a similar manner. With Eastcote applying increased pressure, our hard working goalie, Jamie Lamb was unlucky to see a deflected ball cross the line after a short corner Banbury continued playing with increased pressure, some good moves and passing hockey, but despite the pressure Eastcote’s defence was resolute and managed to hold their lead until the final whistle.
The Man of the Match was Adam Bailey. Considered by his team mates as hard working, determined and committed throughout the game.