Match Reports 25th & 26th March 2017

Ladies 1st Team

4-1 Loss against Teddington

Goal Scorer: Aveline Cruickshank

Banbury ladies 1st XI set off for their last match of the season, away against Teddington. Despite a troublesome journey, Banbury started the match in high spirits. Safely in a mid table position, the result of the match would not effect their table position. The first half started well with good possession and play from Banbury. Despite all efforts, a ball managed to sneak though the Banbury defence with a deceptive deflection into the goal. Banbury battled through attempting multiple shots, but sadly none were converted. A short corner awarded against Banbury, gave Teddington another goal, shortly followed by a great reverse hit from the top of the circle from the Teddington forward, leaving Banbury 3-0 down at half time.

After a tactical team talk Banbury went out to finish the match. Banbury maintained possession for the majority of the half. With great skill and persistence Banbury worked the ball around the circle gaining a short corner. A left slip out to Vicky Coombs was deflected in by Aveline Cruickshank finally earned Banbury a goal. The game continued with excellent defending from Becca Edwards at full back, making hard work for the Teddington forwards. Teddington continued to over load Banbury’s defensive line and a break though from the midfield let Teddington slot another goal in from across the post. Banbury came off the pitch with a 4-1 loss after a hard match, finishing the league in 7th position, ready to face next season.


Ladies 2nd Team

2-2 Draw against Reading 2A


Ladies 3rd Team

3-1 Win against Kidlington 1s

Goal Scorers: Immi Kirwin, Siobhan Kirwan-Lee, Rosie Gowing

Banbury started strong with several short corners within the first 5 minutes, dominating possession with excellent passing and movement.  Jo Atherton demonstrated nerves of steel making some great tackles preventing Kidlington progressing. Banbury’s first goal came from Immi Kirwin after being slipped the ball during a short corner. The second goal was slotted in by Shiv Kirwan-Lee.  The rest of the first half Banbury remained strong with Rosie Gowing scoring the 3rd goal, hooking the ball over the top of the keeper!

The second half saw Banbury awarded short corner after short corner however were unable to convert to a goal.  The rest of the half was not as strong as the first with Kidlington scoring, resulting in a 3-1 win to Banbury.

The result leaves Banbury in third place, with one game left to play on the 8th April which they must win. Banbury will wait to see how second place Sonning fair next week, a draw or loss would give Banbury who have a superior goal difference the chance to snatch a promotion spot in the final fixture of the season.


Ladies 4th Team

1-0 Win against Windsor 2s

Goal Scorer: Fran Bucher

Banbury Ladies 4s maintained third spot in division 4 with a 1-0 win over Windsor.  Banbury pushed from the whistle and were awarded short corner after short corner, but just could not convert these chances into goals.

Windsor’s attack was well held by the back three of Brigid Davidson, Saffie Inskip and Anna Webb and keeper Sammy Bates did not get to touch the ball.

In the second half, Banbury were awarded more short corners and Fran Bucher eventually managed to get the ball passed the Windsor goalie for what proved to be the winner.  Banbury kept up the pressure to the final whistle, but could not penetrate the strong Windsor defence again.


Ladies 5th Team

0-0 Draw against Slough 3s

The penultimate match for the new team on the block against  a very strong and experienced side, this proved to be hard fought , end to end, with touches of class on both sides and more than equal amounts of sheer hard graft.

The previous encounter had ended 1-1 , and again it was honors shared   despite Banbury having all the short corners of the match and most of the attacks.

Slough were always going to be dangerous on the break,  and it fell to Frances Claydon  to sew up their  goal scoring centre forward,  which she did brilliantly, frustrating her opponent  and proving what an asset  she is to this side.  Frances gave us our comedy moment,  falling over goal keeper Mandy Handforth  but despite both  sprawling for a few moments the ball never got past.

The forwards pressed, harried and did their best to penetrate the circle, and Tilly Kirwin had a very impressive game on the right, but it was not to be. Holly Brummell and Natalie Vallone  fought all game, and Lauren Smith proved her one handed takes were priceless in stopping balls getting up front.

A tough game, it would have been nice to have the 3 points, but with one match to go and playing the only team who can snatch second place from us, everything to play for next week as we host Thame 3’s.

Result :0-0 , man of the match shared by Lauren Smith  and Tilly Kirwin.


Men’s 1st Team

3-1 Loss against London Wayfarers1s

Goal Scorer: Max Grossmith


Men’s 2nd Team (Saturday 25/03/17)

3-1 Loss against Amersham and Chalfont 1s

Goal Scorer: Tyson Nunneley

On a sunny Saturday Banbury Men’s 2nds hosted 2nd place Amersham & Chalfont, looking to carry on their recent good form. The visitors started the game at a fast pace, pressing high, and it paid off when they scored from a short corner, which came from some sloppy play at the back from Banbury. However, Banbury stepped up their game immediately, as a few minutes later, Tyson Nunneley equalised after a good passing move. The game remained even, with neither of the sides having any clear cut chances and the first half finished at 1-1.

The second half started as the first half finished, an even affair with both sides struggling to find a goal. However, it was Amersham who eventually took the lead, unlocking the Banbury defence round the back, then passing the ball across for a simple finish at the back post. As the game progressed, Amersham took control by scoring another past a tiring Banbury side with a simple shot from the top of the D. The game ended a disappointing 1-3.


Men’s 2nd Team (Sunday 26/03/17) England Hockey Men’s 2nd XI Plate Semi Final

8-2 Win against Bedford 2s

Goal Scorers: Dave Clark (4), Max Grossmith (3), Jonny Stirrup

On Sunday Banbury Men’s 2nds hosted Bedford in the semi-final of the England Hockey Men’s 2nd XI Plate in a repeat of last year’s final. Banbury knew Bedford would be out to avenge last year’s result and it was Bedford who started on the front foot controlling the game. Bedford’s dominance paid off as a well worked right-hand move resulted in a back post tap in, to take the visitors into the lead. This sprang Banbury into life with three sweeping attacks Banbury raced into a 3-1 lead, with Max Grossmith scoring a rapid hat-trick. Bedford fought back and reduced the deficit by one goal, with a crash ball into the Banbury D being converted.

The second half started off as an even affair with neither team being able to break down the other.  Jonny Stirrup, broke the second half deadlock to put Banbury 4-2 up. This meant that Bedford had to come out and attack, however, this played into Banbury’s hands as they provided some great counter-attacking hockey as the floodgates opened. Veteran forward Dave Clark converted four times before the close of the game. Banbury could have extended their lead even further but Nick Best was unlucky not to score from numerous chances. This meant Banbury were 8-2 winners and will be travelling back to Lee Valley to defend their title on May 1st.


Men’s 3rd Team

2-2 Draw against Oxford Hawks 5s

Goal Scorers: Tom Boardman, Tom Wilson

Banbury play the Tom-Toms to spoil Hawks day!

A battling display from Banbury 3rds saw the, come from 2 goals down to earn a creditable 2 all draw away to Oxford Hawks. Banbury started poorly and couldn’t contain hawks who soon went into a concerning 2 goal lead. A close range goal from Tom Boardman following a mazy dribble from captain Stuart Armstrong just before half time gave Banbury a lifeline to hold onto in a half where Banbury were out fought and outclassed for most of that first period.

A tactical switch in formation and an improvement in play saw Banbury dominate much of the 2nd half and although they created several chances they couldn’t break through

until a well taken deflected goal from expectant father Tom Wilson mid-way through the 2nd half got Banbury back on level terms.

Banbury pushed on and managed to create several chances through the skill and energy of Jamie Boardman on the right and Sam Bracke on the left but couldn’t quite find the touch of quality to bag the win.

In the end 2-2 was a fair result


Men’s Piranhas

3-1 Win against Gerrard’s Cross 3s

Goal Scorer: Dave Clark 3

The Piranhas controlled the game from the off with the Banbury midfield moving the ball well around the Gerrard’s Cross defence but not capitalising on their chances. The constant pressure on the Gerrard’s Cross defence paid off, and after ten mins, a good move found Clark in the D who struck a clean shot from a tight angle and beat the Gerrard’s Cross keeper to go one up. Five mins later Banbury were two up after Clark got his second with a flick from close range. Just before the first half ended, a sweeping move developed with great play from the younger Piranhas giving Clark the opportunity to complete his hattrick from close range which he duly accepted to put Banbury three up

The second half was a scrappy affair with stout defending by Gerrard’s Cross not to go further behind, also helped by the Piranhas leaving a whole host of chances on the pitch. Gerrard’s Cross got a goal back just before end with the game finishing three one to Banbury. The Piranhas can now secure safety in MBBO7 needing one win from their last two matches.


Men’s 4th Team

4-2 Loss against Harrow

Goal Scorers: James Douran (2)

The men’s 4’s took to the Kineton pitch with their usual blend of youth and experience – 13 to late 50’s this week – to take on a well organised and fit looking Harrow team. The pattern for the game was set early on with the home side under a lot of pressure and our stand in goalie Adam Bailey having to be involved more than he would have wanted. Banbury did manage to string together some good forward moves to create pressure on the Harrow defence and as we settled into our game, looked more threatening. An exchange of goals mid-way through the first half was followed by some intense Harrow pressure resulting in a second goal for the visitors when they outnumbered our more senior defenders. As the game progressed the more youthful Harrow squad benefited from our older members slowing down and managed to overwhelm our defence for a third goal. Banbury continued to attack and were rewarded with a second goal from James Doran but finished the game 4 – 2 down.

The 4’s are very grateful for the efforts of all our players, both senior and junior, borrowed from other teams for the day, and also the very game parents who have put the kit on to make sure we get to play hockey. Also to all those who have volunteered to umpire us and to Adam and Stuart for getting teams out.

It’s a pleasure to see players in their first season of senior hockey playing with those of us playing our 40th and look forward to starting the new season with more youngsters stepping up to do the running for our tired old legs.