Match Reports 9/12/17

Men’s 1st Team

5-1 Win against Bournemouth

Goal Scorers: Kieran Symons(2), Josh Nunneley, Joe Allan, Steve O’Connor

Banbury returned from their long trip to the south coast with all three points and a 5 goal haul against Bournemouth to go into the mid-season break sitting in second place of Premier South Division 2.

Goals are coming early in Banbury’s games in recent weeks, this week they were rocked back after only 3 minutes when Jack Taylor put the home side ahead rounding a flailing keeper and a wrong footed defence.  But the Banbury’s confidence in their ability to attack has returned and only minutes later Simon Boardman’s shot was stopped illegally on the goal line to a win a penalty that Josh Nunneley calmly forced home to level the scores.

The visitors dominated the remainder of the half but careless gifting of possession to the home side meant no more goals to leave it level at the break.

Banbury dominated the second half from beginning to end starting with a spectacular finish by Joe Allan from a Boardman pass despite being dragged to the ground by the home keeper as he entered the D.  Moments later only a near miraculous save by the home keeper kept Aussie Kieran Symons off the score sheet but this was followed by the award of a penalty corner that Symons slammed home to double the lead.

With the visitors rampant Symons scored again to complete a sparkling left sided move started from inter-passing across the defence to set up a break down the wing by Louis Harris and further increase the lead.  Five minutes later Steve O’Connor swept home a crashed pass to bring up the 4 goal lead and complete a great away performance.

Manager Steve Brooker was delighted with a fourth victory in succession “I am really proud of the team, after a rocky patch skipper Barney Williams has pulled the side together and we are now right back closer to where we should have been all along in second place and have reduced the leaders margin to only 3 points.  We can look forward to the New Year with promotion as a very real prospect.”