Match Reports 4/3/17 & 5/3/17

Ladies 1st Team

1-0 Loss against Basingstoke 1s

After a heavy 6-2 loss against Basingstoke on their turf at the beginning of the season, Banbury were keen to put in a better performance this Saturday on home soil.

Basingstoke started the game in a similar fashion to the previous time Banbury faced them. With an strong counter attack and a well taken strike, Basingstoke took an early 1-0 lead. The Basingstoke ladies continued to apply pressure to the Banbury defence but found Holly Johnson, on excellent form in goal; keeping their attack at bay. Banbury knew that Basingstoke had a strong and quick forward, so nullified this threat for much of the match with excellent work from Charlie Matthews and Lara Wilkinson; who proved the positive effects of man-marking.

Banbury retained a high share of the possession throughout the match, creating opportunities at regular intervals and forcing the visitors into some heroic defending. Sadie Lapper and Vic Coombs both came close with second-half efforts.  With a goal-bound shot from Banbury’s attack, hitting a Basingstoke foot on its way to goal, gave Banbury hope for a penalty flick. Unfortunately the umpire’s whistle had already sounded for an earlier infringement, meaning that only a short-corner was awarded, which Banbury failed to convert.

The second half saw Banbury keen for the equaliser. With excellent efforts from the midfield and forward lines attacking the opposition’s half, Banbury’s number of opportunities increased significantly. However, Basingstoke stood firm to the end and as the tempo dropped towards the close of the match, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be Banbury’s day.

A draw would have been a fairer reflection of the balance of play, but unfortunately Banbury’s inability to convert a number of good chances against their keeper resulted in a 0-1 loss against Basingstoke.


Ladies 2nd Team

3-1 Loss against Phoenix and Ranelagh 1s


Ladies 3rd Team

6-1 Win against Bicester 2s


Ladies 4th Team

3-2 Loss against South Berkshire

Goal Scorers: Cath Page, Grace King

Banbury travelled away again this time to face south berks. Banbury played some lovely attacking hockey and were 2-0 up in the first half.

Second half Banbury couldn’t keep the ball and south berks scored from 2 shorts and then got the winner from another short on the final whistle. Banbury lost 3-2, lots to work on in training!


Ladies 5th Team

2-0 Win against Oxford Hawks

Goal Scorers: Yasmin Revell, Charlotte White

Meeting Hawks for the second time in quick succession,  due to rearranged matches, gave both sides a good idea of what was likely to occur – in bright sunshine, Banbury won the toss and decided to have the sun behind them in the first half. This was good, as it turned out that the sun played an important part in this game. Having relentlessly  practiced their passing at training,  this was a confident,  flowing display of our hockey, passes linking beautifully and the ball moving through all the channels with lateral runs aplenty…. one to make any coach proud!

With Holly Brummell  realigned with Natalie Vallone  and Katie Arnold,  there was power and fight in the middle and behind them Sian Glaze, Megan Broome,  Amanda Perkin and Frances Claydon  their usual competent selves and so the platform was set for the forwards to cause a bit of havoc.

Yasmin Revell  and Sophie Fickling  gave good runs down the right, Hannah Phillips was turning the defence inside out ,leading to her receiving their vote and chocolates for man of the match, and Charlotte White  and Tilly Kirwin  gave width and speed down the left.

The first goal came from a Revell run, moving the ball round the back and across the D for Charlotte to put in at the left post.

The second came from a short corner that was moved forster left then right and back again from Sophie Fickling  for Yasmin Revell  to put in at close range.

Half time  saw us 2 – 0 up and knowing now we would be into the sun and Hawks would come out fighting.  So it proved, and for a vast amount of the second  half they had the better passing game, but this team always performs strongly in the second half and there were blistering runs from all the forwards, one of 70 metres from Sophie up the right and her cross from the baseline nearly giving another goal ,  and Hannah Phillips  really troubling the defence with her skill and speed.

This week however due to some very good saves  from the Hawks keeper the score stayed at 2  –  0  , a lovely flowing game for both sides and our man of the match votes went to Frances Claydon,  brilliant as usual at the back.


Men’s 1st Team

3-1 Win against Bromley and Beckenham 1s

Goal Scorers: Kyle White, Kieran Symonds, Barney Williams

Men’s 2nd Team

4- Win against Staines 2s

Goal Scorer: Max Grossmith (2) , Nick Best, Ian Reynolds

Banbury 2’s travelled to London this weekend to face off against rivals British Airways, the home team having not lost at home since 2014. The game started as expected with fiery exchanges with BA being shown multiple cards. This played into Banbury’s advantage allowing the extra man to expose space at the back and an eventual easy finish for Max Grossmith. This is how it remained until the break. After the break Banbury continued to push forward and doubled their lead through Nick Best. Both teams then exchanged goals first with BA finishing off a good short corner before Ian Reynolds finishing from close range. Going into the final stages Banbury looked like they might have let their good work go to waste with BA shortening the deficit to one with a good reverse stick finish before Banbury went down to 10. However in the last few minutes Max Grossmith smashed the visitors into a two goal cushion and that is how it remained until the finish. Banbury host promotion contenders Sonning on Saturday.


Men’s 3rd Team

5-3 Win against West Hampstead 4s


Men’s Piranhas

6-0 Loss against Marlow 5s

A very uninviting away 4:30pm pushback time meant a young Piranhas team travelled down to the Buckinghamshire club. The home side started strongly and put the Piranhas defence under pressure creating a number of good chances early on. Midfield pressure by Marlow also made ball retention difficult for the Banbury side and Marlow went ahead with a well worked deflected goal after 15 mins. More strong play by Marlowe and some defensive errors allowed Marlow to add 3 more goals before half time.

The Piranhas kept the ball better in the 2nd half and had good spells of possession creating a few chances, but could not convert. Marlow added a couple more well worked goals before the final whistle.


Sunday 5/3/17

Ladies 1s

2-2 Draw against Buckingham 2s

Goal Scorers: Charlie Matthews, Sadie Lapper

Despite a tough match the day before and looking to bounce back from defeat, Banbury started the game full of energy. After a period of end to end play, Banbury took the lead with a well taken volley into the back of the net by Charlie Mathews. Buckingham fought back, putting Banbury under pressure and scoring an equaliser. Buckingham almost finished the first half with a 2-1 lead as they converted a short corner. Fortunately for Banbury side, the goal was disallowed as the penalty corner rules were breached by Buckingham’s penalty corner team.

Buckingham took their attacking momentum into the second half and started stronger, scoring a quick goal and taking the lead. However, Banbury responded well and began to dominate in the middle of the pitch. Strong defending by Sam Humphreys and Becca Edwards allowed Banbury to continue to apply attacking pressure. Despite several attacking phases going unconverted, with Buckingham’s goal keeper making some crucial saves, Banbury kept their composure. In the closing minutes of play, Banbury’s efforts were rewarded as Sadie Lapper lifted the ball into the back of the net making the final score 2-2. With little time left on the clock, Banbury were not willing to settle for a draw. With some excellent skill from forward Nicola Brown, Banbury were awarded a short corner as the final whistle blew. With a great attempt from Hayley Nunnely lifting the ball to goal, Banbury’s hope to win was put to an end as Buckingham’s defence cleared the ball out of the D.

Men’s 2s

4-3 Win against Birmingham Uni 2s In the England Hockey Mens 2nd XI Plate

Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith(2), Nick Best, Dave Clark

On Sunday Banbury 2nds hosted University of Birmingham 2nds in the quarter final of the Men’s 2nd XI Plate. Banbury knew that if they were to continue their title defence they would have to be on top form to beat a strong University of Birmingham side. As expected Birmingham started on the front foot pressing Banbury back into their own half, using the aerial ball effective to find forwards in space. The Banbury defence managed to prevent any clear opportunities for Birmingham and it was Banbury who took the lead with a fine counter attacking move being finished off by Nick Best. This was a wake-up call for Birmingham and they started to dominate the game and deserved the lead going into the break, with a fine short corner goal and deflection finish wrapping up a left-hand side move. After the break, it was Birmingham, who started the better and extended their lead to 3-1 a couple of minutes into the second half. This did not deter Banbury and they began their fight back with a scrappy goal from Max Grossmith. Banbury were beginning to find space in the middle of the pitch and rightly drew level with a second from Max Grossmith, deflecting in from a shot by Tyson Nunneley. With the score at 3-3 both team had opportunities to take the lead, Banbury were indebted to keeper Jamie Lamb, for making a string of fine saves to keep the visitors out. It was Banbury who broke the deadlock with veteran forward Dave Clark, slotting home after possession was robbed at the top of the Birmingham D. With Banbury holding out till the end of the game, they will advance to the Semi-Final looking to book a spot a Lee-Valley for the second time in as many years.


6-0 Win against Gloucester In the England Hockey Mixed Trophy

Goal Scorers: Steve O’Connor (2), Kyle White, Lara Wilkinson, Barney Williams, Tyson Nunneley

Banbury Started the game strongly with Steve O’Connor getting the first goal inside the first 5 minutes of the game, O’Connor then double the lead on the 10 minute mark giving the home side the perfect start to the game. Gloucester then rallied and prevented Banbury playing the free flowing hockey that had brought them their early success, the away side were unlucky not to get back into the game after creating three one on one opportunities with the Banbury Goal Keeper Scott Reynolds but couldn’t make them count. Kyle White added a third goal for Banbury before half time, giving a three nil lead at the break.

It was the away side who started the better of the teams in the second half putting Banbury under sustained pressure within their own half and wining a flurry of short corners. The Banbury defence remained strong with Charli Price and Louis Harris both having fine games in the home sides back line. Banbury returned to the expansive passing game that saw their early success for the remainder of the game and added three further goals, scored by Lara Wilkinson, Barney Williams and Tyson Nunneley.