Match Reports 7/01/17
Ladies 1st Team
4-0 Loss against Thame 1s (Friendly)
Ladies 2nd Team
1-1 Draw against Wallingford Ladies 2s
Ladies 3rd Team
7-1 Win against Wallingford 3s
Goal Scorers: Lucy Wilkes, Leanne Townsend, Helen Robey (2), Charlotte Micallef, Siobhan Kirwan-Lee, Becky Kirwan-Lee
Banbury Ladies 3s enter the second half of the season in second place, fighting to work their way back to the top of the table. Banbury struck early in the game with an edge of the ‘D’ strike from Lucy Wilkes. Just a few moments later Leanne Townsend reacted to a short corner save pushing the ball home. A third strike inside of seven minutes from Helen Robey was driven home from the edge of the ‘D’ as she spotted the keeper off her post. With a further strike Robey put BHC 4 goals ahead before half time.
Wallingford came out at the start of the second half with renewed vigour and created a couple of openings, however it was halfway in to the second half before they broke the BHC defence, cutting through the back line in numbers, leaving the keeper with no chance of holding them out. At 4-1 Banbury stepped their efforts back up and shortly after restored their advantage as Robey squared the ball to Charlotte Micallef who drove it home at the back post. A further opportunity for Banbury came as Siobhan Kirwan-Lee at the near post as the ball spilled allowing S.K-Lee a reverse flick opportunity in to the net, taking Banbury 5 goals ahead. In the final moment a classic short corner routine saw captain Becky Kirwan-Lee thunder a clinical, unstoppable strike inside of the far post taking Banbury to their 7-1 victory.
Player of the match went to Charlotte Micallef for her involvement in the creation of many of Banbury’s opportunities.
Ladies 4th Team
1-0 Win against Wychwood Badgers 1s
Goal Scorer: Emily Fothergill
Banbury came away from this hard fought game on Saturday with the three points and spent about three hours on the top of Division 4 of Trysports League only to be toppled by Gerrards Cross at the end of the day having a slightly better goal difference.
Banbury played some good hockey against a very solid playing Wychwood and Sammy Bates in goal had to pull off a couple of excellent saves to keep Banbury in the game. Banbury pushed hard at goal but just could not find the net.
In the second half both teams came out fighting and Banbury were rewarded with a well worked goal from Emily fothergill midway through the half. Banbury held out for the points and full marks to the Banbury defence of Saffie Inskip, Anna Webb and especially Brigid Davidson for her stick stops in mid-air!
Ladies 5th Team
6-0 Win against Bicester 4s
Goal Scorers: Claire Jeffrey(2), Yasmin Revell (3), Hannah Phillips,
The first match back after Christmas is always a tricky one, especially with a missed training session, but the 5’s were resolved to continue their good season, and having improved steadily every game went into this one wanting to show what they had learnt.
The main emphasis was on picking the right one -on-one battles and knowing when to pass the ball and when to run with it, and after a little bit of ‘is this a ball , is this a stick?’ it was obvious that not everything had been forgotten over the break.
The young forwards continued from 2016 to play sensible passing hockey, recognising when to use their speed to break through the Bicester defence and quickly put Hannah, Bicester4’s captain and gk under intense pressure- she was outstanding in goal and was keeping Bicester4’s hope alive. Eventually surging runs from Carla Fickling up the middle, Sophie Fickling and Yasmin Revell up the right and Hannah Phillips and Claire Jeffery up the left saw her stretched beyond her capabilities and Jeffery scored , followed quickly by a powerful goal from Revell and a beautiful individual goal from Phillips.
The second half started with Bicester pressing hard, but Amanda Perkin and Frances Claydon mopped up anything loose that ventured into the D and distributed the ball to Vicky Shackleton and Daisy Newton on the right to continue the counterattacks. Holly Brummell was again outstanding in the centre, proving she will be a force to be reckoned with in continuing seasons, ably assisted by Natalie Vallone and Lauren Smith , who had a fantastic game on the right midfield, sensibly collecting balls and picking the right pass to release the forwards.
Carla Fickling was particularly unlucky not to score, her work rate was fantastic, but it was Revell who broke the second half dead lock , Claire Jeffery added her second and a lovely left to right run from Phillips saw Yasmin complete her hatrick .
A brilliant all round match from the Banbury side, 6 -0 the final score, and man of the match went to Yasmin Revell.
Men’s 1st Team
1-0 Win against City of Peterborough (Friendly)
Goal Scorer: Kyle White
Men’s 2nd Team
4-3 Win against British Airways 1s
Goal Scorers: Dave Clarke, Adrian Simon, Ian Reynolds, Christian Squire
Banbury looked to get the second half of their season of to a good start hosting British Airways at home, knowing that it would be a tight affair. Banbury started off on the front foot moving the ball well in attack and pressing BA into their own half. However, Banbury were unable to convert their earlier pressure and BA broke the deadlock with a fine individual goal against the flow. This spurred Banbury and continued their pressure and managed to convert twice with close finishes from Christian Squire and Dave Clark. BA scored another goal just before the break leaving the game finely poised at 2-2. Banbury drew positives from their first half display and knew they could take all the points. It was Man of the Match Adrian Simons, who took the lead for Banbury with some great skill and a fine finish. Banbury scored quickly afterwards with Ian Reynolds sweeping in from a crossed ball. With the score at 4-2 BA looked for a way back into the game and managed to claw back a goal. This left for an entertaining final 15 minutes with BA launching more and more dangerous attacks but the Banbury defence held firm. The win has put Banbury back into second place in the league and into the promotion slot.
Men’s 3rd Team