Plenty of tricks and treats in the cup.
Banbury 2nd Team caused the upset of the 2nd Round of the England Hockey Men’s Cup with an enthralling 6-4 win over London Premier League side Teddington and the side will be hoping for another home draw for their next game on the 30h November.
Fresh from a 4-0 league win over Thame on Saturday Banbury put together a team full of youth and experience and with a forward line with over 1000 goals between them this was always going to be a high scoring affair.
Banbury started strongly and took the lead when Richard Foreman found his way behind the Teddington defence and his cool pass allowed Dave Clark to deflect the ball past the Teddington keeper. Teddington started to play the better hockey but were caught on the break with Adrian Simons smashing the ball past the startled keeper. The second goal woke Teddington up and very quickly they were level with two scrappy goals putting them right back in the game.
Just before half-time Banbury scored from a short corner with Ian Reynolds flicking home and the Teddington made it 3-3 with a very clever deflection leaving Ross Gilkes in goal for Banbury with no chance.
At half-time some re-jigging on the press meant that Banbury picked the ball up further up the field. After a stale first 15 minutes of the second half Banbury won the ball off Teddington and broke quickly and after Adrian Simons was fouled for the third time in the ‘D’ the umpire gave a deserved Penalty Flick and Dave Clark did the rest sending the keeper the wrong way. Teddington had a good spell after this and Gilkes was called to make a couple of good saves from short corners but with time running out and Teddington leaving Banbury forwards unmarked pretty much all the time Banbury increased their lead through a Clark deflection making it three for the game for him.
Teddington scored from a late short corner to give them hope but from another fast break Banbury killed off the game with Craig Irvine, Foreman and Simons combining to allow Simons to pick up his second and Banbury’s 6th of the game.
A great performance from all the team and the youngsters in the team would have learnt a lot from a good, competitive game that was played in the right spirit (just!).