Sonning in epic fight back to deny Banbury Ladies 1 the points
South Division 3a
Banbury L1 – 2 Sonning L1 – 3
Banbury Ladies 1st team faced Sonning for the first league match of the new season. Banbury were flying high and feeling confident after winning the Oxfordshire County Tournament last week and started the match with flair and determination.
Banbury played some solid hockey in the first half, with a slight change to the normal line up, Samantha Humpreys slotted into centre defence alongside Becca Atkins and Holly Firkins and birthday girl Kristina Bull in the wing back positions the team kept possession of the ball and looked cool and collected and in control. Banbury managed to create several counter attacks with Pippa Jones and Vic Coombs linking well in midfield and setting up forwards Tasha Nunneley and Sadie Lapper for some great attempts on goal. Banbury were awarded several penalty corners but were held out by some great goalkeeping by the Sonning keeper. Still Banbury kept their cool and were eventually rewarded with an easy tap in by Sadie Lapper after some great passing play initiated with some quick transfer play and pinpoint passing by Sam Humpreys.
Banbury found themselves in some good scoring positions before the half time whistle and finally after several thwarts on the Sonning goal, Tasha Nunneley nailed a shot from a wide angle to beat the goalie, leaving Banbury leading 2-0 into the half time break.
The ladies started the second half well but quickly lost there way and lost the cool, calm and collected play that has become the teams trademark. With efforts on goal being held at bay by a strong centre defender Banbury seemed to lose patience. Unfortunately, Sonning managed for probably the first time to get into the Banbury circle and managed to score a goal, this set the ball rolling for Sonning and they scored a rather flukey but impressive equaliser to make the score 2-2. Amy Cairns in goal made some fabulous diving saves to keep Banbury in with a chance but failure to score at the attacking end and some sloppy defending left Banbury exposed and a third goal was conceded. Banbury tried hard to get back a goal, but Sonning defended hard and denied any chances. The first half showed great promise and hopefully Banbury will manage to maintain their performance throughout the whole game in order to win future games.