Match Reports 5/11/16

Ladies 1st Team

5-1 win against Spencer 1s

Goal Scorers: Charli Price(2), Natasha Nunneley (2), Aveline Cruickshank

Banbury turned up on a cold morning to take on Spencer this Saturday. They started well and had a strong initial attack. However, this was quickly turned over and Spencer raced down the pitch with Banbury chasing to catch up. Unfortunately for the Banbury girls the London side took their chances and scored the first goal of the game, making the score 1-0 to the away team.

This early goal was not to foretell the rest of the game as Lyndsey White put the ball on a Spencer foot in the D for Banbury’s first short corner. Charli Price hit a sweet straight strike to put Banbury equal 1-1 in the first 10 minutes. The home team then got into a good rhythm with some strong defensive play from Lauren Woodwiss & Becca Edwards which helped set Tash Nunneley up in the D who popped the ball around the Spencer keeper bringing Banbury ahead for the first time.

Another short corner for Banbury allowed Charli Price to once again slam the ball in the bottom corner to give them a 3-1 lead for half time.

Sadie Lapper gave an encouraging talk at half time to keep Banbury on their toes and even though Spencer came out strong after the half time whistle the home team were not going to let them through. Banbury countered their initial attack and won a penalty flick which Tash Nunneley put away neatly.

Spencer did not give up and kept trying to break through Banbury’s defence, but the home team stayed strong and put into practice the strength on the ball they have been practicing at training. Aveline Cruickshank put the final nail in Spencer’s coffin as she scored the final goal for Banbury.

Full time left the home team with a very resounding 5-1 win. They stay mid table but this win gives them confidence going into next week’s big game away against Brighton.

Ladies 2nd Team

2-2 draw against Newbury and Thatcham 1s

Ladies 3rd Team

6-0 win against Oxford 5s

Goal Scorers: Becky Kirwan-Lee,  Siobhan Kirwan-Lee (2), Charlotte Micallef, Molly Levene, Amy Briant

Banbury Ladies 3s had a strong start to the game being awarded a short corner within the first 2 minutes. A shot from Hailey Mitchell was unfortunately saved by the Oxford keeper however the ball was skilfully picked up by Charlotte Micallef who crossed it to Siobhan Kirwan-Lee securing the first goal.  The team worked really well maintaining the majority of the possession.  Molly Levene showed off her talents by picking the ball up at the halfway line and driving all the way into the ‘D’ when she crossed the ball to Charlotte Micallef who put Banbury 2-0 up.  Moments before halftime Charlotte Micallef and Molly were dominating again; this time Molly out manoeuvred the keeper putting the ball in the back of the goal.

The second half saw Oxford attempt to make a comeback, however they were unable to penetrate Banbury’s defence.  Tilly Davies the Banbury goalkeeper had not had very much to do in the first half but made her mark on the game by executing 2 excellence clearances at the top of the ‘D’.   It wasn’t long before Banbury were awarded another short corner which resulted in another goal; the scorer of this goal is highly debated between Amy Briant and Siobhan Kirwan-Lee.  A quote from Amy states “I touched it last”.  Shortly after, Siobhan slammed home another goal, scoring from an aerial over the keeper (who was fairly tall); this shot did not come as a surprise to the team as she cracks out these types of goals on a weekly basis.  As the game progressed Banbury continued to play the ball around Oxford.  The final goal coming from the Captain herself, Becky Kirwan-Lee, taking the result to a 6-0 win. Man of the Match was awarded to Charlotte Micallef.

Ladies 4th Team

3-1 loss against Gerrard Cross Ladies 2s

Ladies 5th Team

2-0 win against Iver and Burnham 1

Goal Scorers: Sophie Jelfs, Natalie Vallone

The IB man of the match went to their gk and captain, Zena Barrett,  who nearly single handedly kept the result respectable. From the start the match the Banbury forwards pressured and harried the experienced visitors’ defence, and tried numerous ways of penetrating the D, but were repelled , usually by a muddle of defenders, or Zena at full stretch  across the goal. When the direct methods continued to prove fruitless, the team switched to moving the ball back and around, with George Simons supplying good balls down the left flank. Carla Fickling and Natalie Vallone battled in the centre to keep moves going and eventually the deadlock was broken by a determined Sophie Jelfs spinning strongly and finding the far corner of the goal.

The second half saw Banbury concentrating on fast moving off the ball and creating space, passing better than in the first half and stretching both the IB defence and Zena in goal. Any cleared balls were mopped up by Frances Claydon and Amanda Perkin, and Holly Brummell proved she is growing into a very useful centre half. All the pressure lead to a series of short corners and after a couple of tries, the net was found again when Carla played the ball back to Natalie to push home at the left post.

Another improving game , with good support play and more structure kept for longer, which should prove invaluable in the coming weeks as Banbury push to create more chances and score more goals in order to compete with the top 3 teams on goal difference. Banbury’s man of the match: Natalie Vallone.

Men’s 1st Team

2-2 draw against Old Cranleighans 1s

Goals Scorers: Kyle White (2)

Men’s 2nd Team

5-1 win against Tring 1s

Goal Scorers: Max Grossmith (2), Ian Reynolds, Nick Best, Jonny Stirrup

Saturday saw the second team play against mid table opponents Tring, who were promoted last season. Banbury started well securing a two goal cushion through an Ian Reynolds drag flick followed by a neat finish from Max Grossmith from close range.

After the break the lead was extended by Jonny Stirrup’s cool finish and another tap in for Max Grossmith, taking his goal tally into double figures for the season.

The lack of substitutes for both teams started to show with tired legs causing increased breaking down of play and ultimately both teams were shown yellow cards.

Tring were able to capitalise first by finishing off from close range. However, it was the home team that took home the three points with captain Nick Best scoring the fifth shortly before the finish.

With the game finishing 5-1, Banbury move on to what should be a further three points next week with an away trip to struggling Staines.

Men’s 3rd Team

5-1 loss against Gerrard Cross 1s

Goal Scorer: Craig Irvine

Men’s Piranhas

1-0 loss against Eastcote 5s

An understrength Banbury Piranhas team travelled to Eastcote and paid the price with a narrow 1 – 0  loss in this mid table clash. The first half was goalless with the Banbury Piranhas not creating many chances but defence holding firm and repelling Eastcote attacks. The second half was much the same with Banbury defending well but having a few more chances. Eastcote scored with 10 mins left with a well dispatched reverse stick volley from a penalty corner. After that it was all Piranha hockey but the away team couldn’t convert the pressure and force a draw.