Match Reports 4/02/17
Ladies 1st Team
Game Cancelled due to the pitch being frozen
Ladies 2nd Team
2-1 Loss against South Berkshire Ladies 2s
Ladies 3rd Team
1-1 Draw against Buckingham Ladies 3s
Goal Scorer: Siobhan Kirwan-Lee
Buckingham started strongly and were awarded 3 short corners early in the game, they could not make these count, with Tilly Davies in the Banbury goal making 2 great saves and the third going wide of the post. The attack was then given back to Banbury with Charlotte Micallef getting a short corner, but again the game stayed level. The game ebbed back in the favour of Buckingham and through another attack won 2 more short corner, but Banbury again remained resolute and kept their opposition on level terms. Banbury responded with several positive attacks with flowing passing moves up the length of the pitch but were unable to penetrate their opponents D. Overall, the first half of the game was back and forth and despite positive attacking play from both sides remained 0-0 at the break.
Banbury continued their attacking focus in the second half and worked the ball well around the Buckingham D, but much like the first half they were unable to convert possession into shots on target. It was Buckingham who broke the deadlock with a powerful strike into the back of the Banbury net. Charlotte Micallef threatened to bring Banbury back onto level terms but was denied by the opposition keeper after a well worked move saw Banbury again carry the ball the length of the pitch. Siobhan Kirwan-Lee was the saviour for Banbury sliding in to equalise after a fast counter attacking move from the away side.
Ladies 4th Team
3-1 Win against Phoenix and Ranelagh 3s
Goal Scorers: Clair Dumbreck (2), Emily Fotherfill
Banbury Ladies 4s travelled down to Phoenix, a game Banbury knew would be a hard game to win. With 3 players missing from our defensive line, we knew we had to go out an attack from the start. Banbury started well playing some lovely hockey, Emily Fothergill played the ball forward to Imee Roberts who played in Claire Dumbreck who struck the ball in to give Banbury the lead. This calmed the nerves and Banbury pushed for another goal which was found by Emily Fothergill to make the score 2 – nil. Dumbeck picked up the ball just outside the right hand side of the D and passed the Phoenix defenders to slot the ball pass the keepers. Phoenix came out the second half and attacked, their striker found herself unmarked on the P-spot and slotted the ball into the corner. The game finished 3 -1 to Banbury who sit firmly in second place.
Ladies 5th Team
3-1 Loss against Amershan and Chalfont 5s
Goal Scorer: Sophie Jelfs
It was a slightly changed team that went to play on the opening day of Amersham’s new pitch at Amersham and Wycombe College, and the hosts came out of the starting blocks much quicker.
They had revamped the team from that which had been beaten in the early season, and more adults for power and a vibrant youthful front line soon put the Banbury defence under intense pressure. Fine interplay lead to the first Amersham goal, followed quickly by a slightly lucky one that sneaked through Mandy Handforth’s pads and was put in by a lurking winger. After this rather devastating wake up call, Banbury valiantly tried to redress the balance, but the third goal for Amersham was in before the break, a desperate cross back from the baseline in the air by the Amersham left wing finding the stick at waist height of her right winger who converted brilliantly.
Half time gave a breather to gather thoughts and ideas, marking tightened and Banbury came out with better passing and movement off the ball. It didn’t stop the pressure, but nothing now passed Frances Claydon and Carol Hicks to leave Mandy stranded, and she made excellent saves and clearances.
With Holly Brummell, Natalie Vallone and Carla Fickling battling hard in the middle, more passes found the forward line, with Claire Jeffries and Sophie Jelfs particularly dangerous. The third short corner Banbury won was converted by Jelfs from a slipped left ball, and runs by Yasmin Revell and Sophie Fickling up the right started to trouble the defence and keeper with more intensity, and but for some excellent diving saves, the score line would have been closer. With nothing to lose , especially since she had received a ball to the head, Hicks went on a passing run the length of the pitch with Jeffries, which had the Amersham elders looking very panicky, but they held firm and the result finished 3 -1 to Amersham.
A hard battle, great character shown to keep fighting and continued improvement through the game was particularly pleasing.
Man of the match (if you asked the team)Carol Hicks , ask the captain it was Frances Claydon.
Men’s 1st Team
2-1 Loss against Horsham 1s
Goal Scorer: Steve O’Connor
Men’s 2nd Team
4-2 Loss against Oxford Hawks 3s
Goal Scorers: Charlie Camp, Louis Yates.
Banbury 2’s hosted Oxford Hawks 3’s on Saturday and were unfortunate 4-2 losers.
Banbury got proceedings underway. A frantic opening 10 minutes and some lacklustre defending from Banbury resulted in Hawks scoring two quick goals.
Banbury rallied before the break and began to dominate proceedings. The pressure on the Hawks goal began to tell, and a smart finish into the roof of the net from Louis Yates made the scores 2-1.
After half time, Banbury continued to push for the equalising goal but were always vulnerable to the counterattack. Banbury finally got the equaliser through Charlie Camp. Hawks’ speed on the counter again caught Banbury out making the scores 3-2 in favour of the away side. Banbury continued to push, with a number of short corners awarded to the home side. Some good saves from the Hawks keeper kept Banbury at bay. Banbury continued to push right until the end but conceded another breakaway goal to end the game on the wrong side of a 4-2 score line.
Men’s 3rd Team
2-2 Draw against West London 1s
Goal Scorers: Tom Boardman, Noel Britto
3-1 Win Against Slough Swifts
Goal Scorers: Jai Robinson, Simon West, John Davis
Good solid performance by the Banbury Piranhas saw them come back to winning ways with 3 -1 win against a Slough Side just one place below them in MBBO7. The win saw the Piranhas move 9 points clear from the relegation danger zone.
Most of the first half was well controlled by the Piranhas with the home team moving the ball well through defence and midfield. The piranhas however, were guilty of slow ball in the last third and despite most of the possession were restricted to a couple of Penalty corners and a few half chances.
Banbury were delivered a wakeup call with a quick break by Slough. A strong hit into the D and great deflection by the opposition left the Piranhas Keeper no chance and the home side went one down. Good play by the Piranhas at the end of the first half put Jai Robinson through on goal who slipped the ball past the Slough Keeper to equalise just before half time.
The early 2nd half was all Piranhas but the home team could not press home the advantage as chances went astray. Midway through the 2nd half Slough had a good passage of play with some shots on goal through both open play and Penalty Corners. The Banbury defence held firm, with Piranhas keeper Morgan Haynor producing a great solid display and the score remained even.
With 10 mins to go Simon West drove through after a nice one two at the top of the D and flicked the ball deftly past the keeper. As Slough pushed for an equaliser, the Piranhas had a breakaway finding John Davis to slap in at the left hand post making the final score 3-1.