Match Reports 28/10/17

Men’s 1st Team

5-2 Win against Trojans

Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons (2), Simon Boardman, Tyson Nunneley, Steve O’Connor

Banbury came back from their latest travels with a valuable 3 points after a convincing victory over mid-table rivals Trojans and have clawed their way back up to 5th place in Premier South Division 2 with a much improved goal difference from the 5 – 2 away victory.

Banbury faltered at the start of the game and found themselves a goal down after only 2 minutes when the home side slotted home a penalty corner.  But Banbury are nurturing their own ability to score penalty corners and Aussie Kieran Symons forced home a drag flick into the bottom left corner after 14 minutes which reflected the balance of play.  The home side again took the lead from a dragged flick past the flailing Banbury defence after 21 minutes but it was short lived with Steve O’Connor, returning to the side after missing the game at Tulse Hill, roofed from short range in a slick Banbury penalty corner routine.

With the first half drawing to a close Banbury struck again when Symons’ inspired aerial pass found O’Connor deep in the home Dee and his deft control set up Simon Boardman to finish from close range. The game tipped decisively in the visitors favour before the break when Symons slammed home a second penalty corner to take a 2 goal lead into half time.

The half time team talk was all about consolidating the visitors’ position and this was achieved early in the second period following a sublime move down the left wing with quick exchanged passes undoing the home defence and allowing Tyson Nunneley to beat the keeper with a deft dummy before firing home to create a 3 goal cushion.

Banbury were unable to further capitalize and needed keeper Fergus Dunleavy to pull off the fine save of a penalty flick to keep the 3 goal lead as they were reduced to 10 for the last ten minutes of the match.

Manager Steve Brooker said “We have crowned a fine performance to come back twice and complete a convincing victory away from home and can now really look forward to entertaining Guildford at home next week and continuing our progress up the table.  Guildford are 2 places but only one point above us in the table, so this will be a real opportunity to make League progress.”

Men’s 2nd Team

6 – 1 Win against Oxford Hawks

Goal Scorers: Charlie Camp, Ian Reynolds, Joe Allen (2), Harry Simons (2)

Banbury 2’s come up against the unpredictable local rivals, Hawks 3rd team for the 6th game of the season

Starting off confidently, the 2’s go up 3-0 in the space of 10 minutes with goals from Charlie Camp, Ian Reynolds and Joe Allen. A well worked goal with build-up play starting from Louis Yates making a 30 yard pass from defence into the stick of Harry Simons who shows off his touch with an impressive reverse first touch around the Hawks midfielder, going on to make a forward run which results in a pin point pass to Charlie Camp who confidently slips the ball through the keepers legs to put himself of the score sheet. 2 quick goals are then followed by Ian Reynolds and Joe Allen. Harry Simons puts his name on the score sheet with a hard fought goal resulting in a strong shot straight into the bottom left corner of the Hawks goal. Banbury end the first half 4-1 up

The second half gets underway and Banbury try to follow on with the outstanding performance shown in the first half. Joe Allen starts the second half with a hard fought goal which secures his second goal of the game to put Banbury up 5-1. Harry Simons grabs his second goal using the reverse of the stick but was lately tackled by the Hawks defender resulting in the ball slowly but surely making its way across the line. Towards the last 15 minutes of the game, both teams start to fatigue which shows in the play but Banbury continues to pressurise the Hawks team in order to secure a well worked 6-1 win.

The 2’s come back in two weeks’ time to face Sonnings 1’st team to continue their increasing form

Men’s 3rd Team

5-1 Loss against Leighton Buzzard

Goal Scorer: Stuart Armstrong

With Leighton Buzzard presenting a fine 1st team, they took a 3-0 lead within the first half and confidently dominated it. After half time Banbury became a bit sharper and managed to wake up and put on a much stronger performance in the 2nd Half. Banbury winning a penalty flick managed to get a goal on the sheet thanks to Stuart Armstrong. Chances presented themselves a lot more in the 2nd half with a drive to redeem themselves from the 1st half performance. Unfortunately the chances were not taken advantage of, resulting in a 5-1 Defeat. With plenty of lessons to take away from this defeat, Banbury 3s eagerly await the next game.

Men’s Piranhas

2-0 Loss against Gerrards Cross

With a large squad and having beaten Gerrards Cross 3’s home and away last season the Piranhas approached this fixture with high expectations.

However, with Gerrards Cross retiring their 1st Team last season, the team the Piranhas faced a completely changed and much stronger opposition who started very well and dominated the early exchanges winning a string of short corners. The Piranhas, when they retained possession did play some nice Hockey creating some good chances but could not capitalise.  The game evened out but with Gerrards Cross the more dangerous of the two sides. After a string of good saves by keeper Phil Smith, a miss hit reverse stick shot through a crowded D finally broke the deadlock and Gerrards Cross went one up.

The 2nd half started brightly for the Piranhas who played some great Hockey, and created a number of chances with two scrambled off the line by the away team. With the score still one nil, a defensive error caused another sloppy goal against the Piranhas to go two down. Banbury battled hard but could not get on the score sheet with the final score a 2 – 0 defeat.

The Piranhas displayed some great play in parts against a strong well organised Gerrards Cross side and had they taken their chances and been more consistent could have been a different result. The squad head down to Slough next week for a hard fixture against Ramgarhia.