Match Reports 4/11/17
Ladies 1st Team
4-0 Win against Buckingham
Goal Scorers: Natasha Roberts (2), Sophie Hills, Victoria Coombs
Banbury were determined to get some points this week following a frustrating start to the season seeing them missing out in tight games so far. With a young team, Banbury are going from strength to strength each game which was proved with a 4-0 win against a tough Buckingham side. The home team dominated from the early stages and were unlucky to not go ahead sooner. Some strong midfield play from manager’s man of the match Sophie Hills soon found Natasha Roberts with the ball in the D who hammered it home past the Buckingham goal keeper. Some solid defence from Sadie Lapper, Charli Price, Alice Offord, Victoria Coombs and new signing goalkeeper Emma Henriksen meant Banbury went in to half time 1-0 up.
After a stern team talk from player-manager Sadie Lapper, Banbury knew that they had to come out strong in the second half which they certainly did. Banbury’s attack hassled a shaky Buckingham’s defence resulting in Natasha Roberts rounding the keeper and calmly finish just 3 minutes into the second half. Great leg work from youngsters Molly Levene, Maddie Hunt and Mimi Newsome saw Banbury rewarded with a penalty corner which was well worked by captain Becca Edwards and put away by composed Sophie Hill. Tenacious forward play by Georgia Verdon and Charlotte Boland saw Banbury with another well-deserved penalty corner which was finished with a perfect drag flick by Victoria Coombs. Banbury’s young team will take huge confidence from this win into the rest of their season.
Ladies 2nd Team
5-3 Win against Wallingford
Ladies 3rd Team
3-2 Loss against Wychwood
Ladies 4th Team
3-2 Win against Abingdon
Goal Scorer: Alice Heathcote (3)
Banbury Ladies 4s continued their winning ways on Saturday when winning narrowly at Abingdon thanks to a hat-trick from Alice Heathcote.
The home side started strongly and it was against the run of play when Claire Dumbreck produced a precision pass that saw the big-hitting Alice find the net with an unusually delicate finish.
Abingdon levelled the score before half time, but the second half saw Banbury in fighting form and they regained the lead when Yasmin Revill crossed from the right for Alice to fire the ball into the back of the net.
Play then swung from end to end and it took fine defensive play from Banbury to keep Abingdon at bay before Alice completed her hat-trick from the penalty spot. This clinched the points, although Abingdon never gave up and they reduced the arrears to a single goal before the final whistle.
Ladies 5th Team
1-1 Draw against Amersham and Chalfont
Goal Scorer: Carol Hicks
This became the hard fought battle of the promotion candidates from last season, and in the first 10 minutes , Banbury surprised Amersham by starting as strongly as they ever had, Gigi Morgan finding space and and support and threatening the Amersham defence. Unfortunately it did not result in a goal, and then Amersham woke up and started playing the ball around , using their youngsters from last season very well and threatening the Banbury goal.
Mandy Hanforth was forced to pull off some excellent saves, including off her chest pad, and Amanda Perkin and Frances Claydon knuckled down to some dogged defending, with Caitlin Laverick intercepting well on the left.
Despite gaining a barrage of short corners, Amersham could not find the net, and the scores were equal at half time -0-0.
The second half saw Amersham relentlessly pressuring the young combination of Laverick, Natalie Kyte and Kelly Bradfield, who all fought hard but could not get the ball away cleanly. Eventually a switch down the Amersham left saw the ball fired to the back post and slotted in.
There followed more and more short corners and then at last Banbury broke free and gained their own short corner, which was netted by Carol Hicks. Buoyed up by this success, the team pressed hard and forced a couple of good saves out of the Amersham keeper, but nothing further found the net and the score ended 1-1 , with the visitors (Banbury) feeling we had the greater luck and certainly the more tenacity to keep the skilful Amersham girls at bay.
Man of the Match : Frances Claydon .
Men’s 1st Team
4-2 Loss against Guildford
Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons, Barney Williams
Banbury can thank an outstanding performance from goal keeper Fergus Dunleavy for saving them from embarrassment, but it was not enough to save the points as they went down 2 – 4 in their home fixture against Guildford. The home side remain at 5th in the table as other results favoured them but will be disappointed with a performance marred by ill-discipline.
Guildford, demoted with Banbury last season, are a very different outfit this season and started strongly in a finely balanced contest gaining the first clear opportunity with a penalty stroke after 26 minutes. Having saved a penalty last week Dunleavy repeated the feat with another fine save to keep the scores level. Moments later Banbury broke down the left and the crashed pass into the D from Louis Harris was deflected by Barney Williams past the motionless Guildford keeper to give Banbury the lead.
In the very last minute of the first period there was more deja vue when Banbury won a penalty corner and Aussie Kieran Symons slammed his drag flick home in what is becoming his characteristic style.
Going into the break in the unfamiliar position of what seemed to be the momentum of a comfortable lead Banbury threw it away with poor discipline leading to series of green and yellow cards leaving them with only 9 men on the pitch. With reduced numbers the home side conceded two goals in the space of a minute to level the scores. With the numbers back to 11 a side Banbury tried to claw their way back into the game and were kept afloat by a near miraculous quick reaction save by Dunleavy but as they counter attacked the Symons penalty corner machine faltered when his drag flick was also well saved.
It was Guildford that struck next to gain the lead and then with Banbury again reduced to 9 players for the closing 5 minutes James Dellis completed his hat trick for the visitors crowning a complete turn-around in fortune to run out convincing winners.
Banbury Manager Steve Brooker put a brave face on it but must have been dismayed to watch his side implode and loose some of the advantage from last week’s hard won victory at Trojans “Of course we are disappointed but we know what to work on, it is still early days and we have the chance to get back to where we want to be before the mid-season break”.
Men’s 2nd Team
Men’s 3rd Team
2-1 Win against Oxford
Goal Scorer: Dave Clark (2)
5-2 Loss against Ramgarhia Slough