Match Reports 30th September

Ladies 1st Team

1-0 Win Against Havant

Goal Scorer: Victoria Coombes

Banbury Ladies 1st XI made the trek away to Havant on Saturday. The team knew it would be another physical game, similar to that of Chiswick last week. Having worked on key aspects of their game at training, they needed to put this into place and make a strong start. Havant attacked straight away, making the Banbury side think carefully about their shape. Banbury responded by setting their press and hassling the Havant defence, with some good chasing runs from Charlotte Boland and Vicky Warlow up front. Banbury continued to battle, despite being a player down due to an unfortunate green card to Charli Price minutes before the end of the first half. Havant were clearly dismayed that they weren’t in the lead and Banbury knew that they needed to continue to hold tight and play their hockey. Another green card awarded to Emma Warlow meant that Banbury had to think again about their defensive structure, but with some confident movement down the right from Mimi Newsome, Havant became increasingly rattled. Banbury started to open up their play with ‘simple hockey’, passing around the opposition and Jenny Marsh getting on to the end of Havant balls. Havant continued to show their physicality and pressuring the Banbury side, making it difficult for Charlotte Boland to get out of the way, another blow for the team with a yellow card awarded. This did not dampen the spirits of Banbury and they continued to pressure the Havant defence. Simple passes down the pitch allowed Banbury to penetrate the D and some aggressive defending from Havant meant that a penalty flick was given. Victoria Combes confidently stepped forward and was able to read the Havant keeper, slotting the ball into the bottom right corner. With 5 minutes to go until the end of the game, Banbury knew they had to maintain possession of the ball. A journey worth travelling with Banbury bringing 3 points home.


Ladies 3rd Team

5-1 Loss against Buckingham

Goal Scorer: Charlotte Micallef

In what was a very defensive game Banbury struggled to keep Buckingham at bay thus finding ourselves 3 -0 down at half time. With continued hard work from Fran Bucher down the wing and the skills of Charlotte Micallef we managed to pull one back, however the continued pressure from Buckingham resulted in two later goals for the away team.


Ladies 4th Team

6-1 Loss against Kidlington


Ladies 5th Team

6-0 Loss against Wallingford

The fives were given a lesson in nearly aspect of the game, with Wallingford passing and moving off the ball beautifully.

Again with a new line-up, this week took them a little while to settle and in that time the strength of their opposition showed, putting the defence under pressure. The goals in the first half came from close in, with the marking being brought into close scrutiny,  and a hungry set of young Wallingford forwards proving the more eager.

There were moments  of delightful hockey from Banbury, with Kelly Bradfield  showing she has stepped up well into the side, and Sophie Jelfs showing a calmer approach under pressure, and Gigi Morgan looking more settled in her second week out.

The second half was better until fatigue set in, but 3 more goals put pay to any comeback.

Result  Banbury 0 Wallingford 6 , man of the match   Kelly Bradfield


Men’s 1st Team

3-2 Win against West Hampstead

Goal Scorers: Barney Williams, George Brooker and Simon Boardman

Banbury mens first X1 hockey team stormed back into the South Premier Division 2 against West Hampstead coming out 3 – 2 winners and showed the benefits of the strong pre-season preparation.

With a home squad of only 14 Banbury substitution options were limited and some players had tough shifts in an outing against strong opponents but got off a promising start with crisp passing around the field culminating in a break down the right for Barney Williams to score from close range and put Banbury ahead after only 8 minutes.  The home side were then unable to convert their possession into further goals despite strong performances through midfield by George Brooker, Matt Bull and Steve O’Connor and tireless forward running from Simon Boardman and Max Grosmith.  With half time in sight the Banbury midfield conceded possession and West Hampstead pounced on the weakness for visitor Benji Knights Johnson to level the scores.

A strong start to the second half saw Williams forcing down the right hand side to centre and find Boardman to slam home from short range and restore the home lead.  Banbury allowed lapses of concentration and discipline to disrupt their second half performance conceding an early series of penalty corners, new goalie Fergus Dunleavy continued his pre-season form but eventually could only parry a visitors drag flick for Chris Todd to score on the rebound and level the scores again.  Second half ill-discipline continued from the home side with 5 different players getting cards.  Despite the forced changes to formation Banbury continued to pressure the visitors including a great performance from Tyson Nunnleley and an electrifying break down the right by Jonnie Stirrup who outstripped the whole of the rest of the team to find himself surrounded by defenders and dispossessed.  In a rare period with eleven players on the pitch the home side burst forward for Brooker to score from close range and regain the home lead.

In the final 10 minutes of the match Banbury were grimly hanging on with reduced numbers against very determined West Hampstead pressure and gained their reward of a first league win.


Men’s 2nd Team

2-2 Draw Against Tring

Goal Scorers: Christian Squire and Joe Allen

Banbury’s first away trip of the season saw them face Tring, being a 1st XI side Banbury knew that opponents would be well drilled and well organised. Tring dominated much of the early period of the game pushing Banbury to defend deep within their own half for long spells of play. Tring’s early promise was rewarded with a flurry of short corners, but they were unable to capitalise on any of these, Banbury had post man Ian Reynolds to thank for saving one off of the goal line. As the first half progressed Banbury began to grow into the game, but were unable to pose any threat to the Tring goal meaning the first half finished 0-0.

The second half began in the worst possible manner for Banbury, a 5 minute slip in concentration seeing them go down 2 goals to nil and looking out of the game. Banbury did however show great determination and fought their way back into the game, dominating in large spells of the second half, denying their opponents the chance to increase their lead. The away sides determination paid off with Joe Allen improvising from a short corner routine that looked to have gone wrong and firing the ball into the bottom corner. Despite Banbury winning numerous short corners they were unable to get back to level terms. Tring looked to have won the game with a minute to play a double save from Scott Reynolds in the Banbury net was rebounded into the Banbury goal, only for the umpire to rule that the ball had hit the attackers foot, whilst Tring were still reeling from this disappointment Christian Squire robbed the last Tring defender and went clear on goal, a clever 1-2 with Ian Reynolds allowed Squire to tap the ball into an empty net earning Banbury a draw with 10 seconds left to play.


Men’s 3rd Team

5-2 Loss against Wallingford

Goal Scorers: Phil Beesley and Dipak Tandell


Men’s Piranhas

4-0 Loss against Marlow