Match Reports 28/01/17

Ladies 1st Team

4-1 Win against Oxford Ladies 1s

Goal Scorers: Tash Nunneley (3), Nicola Brown

Banbury travelled to Oxford for their first away game of the second half of the season. Oxford were lingering at the bottom end of the table, which was good news, as Banbury were a little depleted due to illness and travelling team members.

Banbury started strongly and with some fine build up play coming through from Becca Edwards and Sadie Lapper in defence the girls started to maintain some good possession. It wasn’t long until Banbury broke the deadlock through some exceptional moves down the flank to open up a hole in front of the goal. Nicola Brown pounced on a loose ball and slotted it calmly in the net making it one nil to the travelling team.

Oxford tried hard to get back in the game and with Oxford making some fines runs in attacks Banbury thwarted any attacking attempts with some excellent channelling and cover defending. Unfortunately, a poorly struck hit snapped Lapper’s finger clean in half and Rachel Bamford had to sub on. Hayley Nunneley took the centre back position and the team regained composure. The girls worked tirelessly and with only one more sub on the side line, the girls put a fantastic level of work in and were rewarded when Oxford made some terrible mistakes in defence and a flick was awarded. Tasha Nunnely cooley slotted the flick away and the girls were leading 2-0. Unfortunately Oxford managed to grab one back but Banbury were looking in charge for the remainder of the half.

The second half led to the substitution of Ann Glover, who came out of retirement to help the team in their hour of need, Ann Glover made some exceptional runs up front to create a massive space for Lyndsey White and Tasha Nunneley, the girls were rewarded with another flick due to an Oxford foot on the line. Leading the game by two goals, the girls continued to work hard, a fantastic bit of team play and passing, led to the creation of goal 4 where Tasha Nunneley made her hat trick complete.

This was a phenomenal performance, all of the girls worked tirelessly in attack and in defence, Emily Hogg controlled the game in centre mid, and with Vic Coombs coming back into the squad the girls patterns of play were solid and well controlled. Hopefully Banbury can take this work ethic and performance into their next game against Buckingham next week.

Ladies 2nd Team

2-1 Loss against Slough Ladies 2s


Ladies 3rd Team

5-0 Walkover against Abingdon Pilgrims 1s


Ladies 4th Team

1-1 Draw against Newbury and Thatcham 3s

Ladies 4s hosted Newbury and Thatcham Ladies 3s in one of those 6 point games for both sides really. Banbury chasing 1st position started the first half strongly playing some lovely hockey. With Banbury attacking the ball was played towards Emily at the back post who calmly finished past the sliding keeper. Banbury’s defence was tested for the rest of the half with Banbury playing counter attack hockey. Second half Newbury and Thatcham came out fighting testing the Banbury defence and they final found their equaliser. Both teams pushed for the points, the ball flashing past the posts on a few occasions for Banbury. Neither side could find the winner and the game finished 1 -1.


Ladies 5th Team

4-0 Win against Aylesbury 4s

Goal Scorers: Hannah Phillips , Carla Fickling  (2) , Yasmin Revell

Having had two weeks off due to frost and a non-playing week, it was not surprising that the team was a little slow off the mark, but as has become their norm, were determined to play good hockey and keep fighting to the end.

This was always going to be a hard game as Aylesbury have a lot of very skilful young players themselves, and they worked well as a team particularly down their right, keeping Megan Broome,  Carol Hicks and Amanda Perkin busy all game. On the right , Lauren Smith  and Daisy Newton  adapted their game and positioning to welcome in Sian Glaze, and after a little while getting used to each other, the dynamics down the right soon started to pay off.

Excellent work as always from Holly Brummell  in the middle,  with Carla Fickling working tirelessly in front of her gave the Aylesbury  midfield plenty to think about,  and eventually the passing and hard work freed up Hannah Phillips to give a surging run and cracking goal from the left.

Going in 1 -0 at half time was a bonus and as Carol pointed out we had numbers and speed on our side , and although Aylesbury continued to press and at times look very threatening in the middle sections,  they were unable to penetrate successfully, thwarted by Perkin and Frances Claydon who was outstanding  in holding up attacks and taking many great tackles. Mandy Handforth in goal did have to make some good saves in this game,  once on the floor for Perkin to clear from her midriff!  But it was soon apparent in the second half that we were going to finish on top.

A great passing period saw Carla Fickling find the net from a top of the circle strike,followed by another she worked from left to right to get a shot off.  Her sister Sophie was again unable to get  the goal she deserved , breaking through some very tough tackles consistently to get shots off.

Glaze put lots of hard crosses in from right to left,  and Claire Jeffries was close on numerous occasions,but this match was to be assists  only for Claire as the final goal was put in by Yasmin Revell,  after a quickly taken free hit outside the 23 was passed to Glaze, to Revell and in it went.

A very important and pleasing result,  showing our versatility  and resilience, our hard work and ability to work to the end of a match.

Man of the match: Carla Fickling


Men’s 1st Team

3-1 Loss against Guildford 1s

Goal Scorer: Kyle White


Men’s 2nd Team

3-2 Loss against Marlow 1s

Goal Scorers: Josh Chapman, Jonny Stirrup

Banbury started the game strongly, with an early attack resulting in a PC. Banbury failed to convert, but continued to control play for the next 10-15 minutes of the game. The home side began to grow into the game and took the lead after a sweeping counter attack. Banbury drew level with a goal from Jonny Stirrup soon after, but the home side remained dominant and scored two further goals to make the score 3-1 at halftime.

Banbury rallied after half time, dictating the tempo of the game and controlling possession well. The pressure on the home defence began to mount with a series of short corners awarded in favour of the away side. Banbury failed to convert a number of PC’s but finally got a goal back through a very unlikely scorer in Josh Chapman to make the score 3-2. Banbury continued to press for the equaliser in a frantic last 10 minutes but the home goalkeeper produced a number of saves to keep Banbury at bay and take the 3 points.


Men’s 3rd Team

6-2 Win Against Aylesbury 2s

Goal Scorers: Jamie Boardman, Tom Boardman (3), Dave Clark (2)

Banbury 3’s earned a much needed 6-2 win against Aylesbury 2’s to move into 5th place in the league, but with just a single point separating 6 teams there is still plenty of work to be done.

The game couldn’t have started much better for Banbury as Tom Boardman fed Dave Clark for a simple tap in after just 35 seconds. Clark returned the favour minutes later as Boardman gave Banbury an early 2-0 lead. Banbury’s early momentum showed no signs of relenting as a tireless midfield display from Sam Bracke, Jamie Boardman and Tim Yates allowed Banbury to attack freely. However, it was the presence of hockey royalty in the form of James Clement that was the steadying factor behind all this hard work, defying his years to put in a masterclass of passing and distribution.

Banbury added two more goals before half time to put the game out of reach – the first from a Jamie Boardman short corner deflection and the second a fine solo effort from Clark.

The second half found Banbury a little lacklustre, perhaps thinking the job was complete, but some outstanding saves from Morgan Haylor in the Banbury goal kept Aylesbury at bay. However, as Aylesbury over-committed Banbury were able to pick apart their defence with Boardman picking up his second with a tap-in and completing his hat-trick after his shot ballooned over the keeper.

Some tired legs and late ill-discipline gifted Aylesbury two consolation goals but all-in-all a good performance to put the campaign back on track.


Men’s Piranhas

4-0 Loss Against British Airways

The piranhas last League match was over 5 weeks ago with the cold snap effecting the previous two fixtures scheduled for early January. Our opposition this week was British Airways 2nds who have been taking MBBO 7 by storm with a 100% win record and goal difference in the mid 50’s so it was with some trepidation that a young Piranhas side travelled down to Heathrow for their first match since the break. Despite the score line the Piranhas gave an excellent account of themselves and created a number of chances from great pass and move hockey, but could not capitalize with a couple of goals. BA are a strong powerful side who have the capability of moving the ball quickly and despite the excellent Piranhas possession scored 3 out of the 4 goals with quick breaks and some excellent finishing. Not much more to say, apart from very proud the way the young Piranhas played with 100% commitment, playing well above their years !