U14 and U16 match reports

U14 Boys v Witney – Banbury 0 Witney 6

A youthful Banbury team came up against strong opposition from Witney on Sunday, and showed great character to contest the game right to the end. Captain Ashley Laverick showed great maturity to take responsibility for the defensive duties and was well supported by Finley McEvoy, Jamie Lamb, George Wilkes and Ben Labuschagne who all made several important tackles and clearances. Kit Lamb made some fine saves to keep the score line respectable and several times smothered the attacks of the skilful Witney attack. Up front Phillip Gunn and Harry Simons worked hard to make themselves available and Simons was unlucky not to nick a goal just before half time.

Going into the second half with a four goal deficit Banbury really picked up their game and started to play some more intelligent hockey. The midfield engine of Ben Britto, Oliver Davenport, Charlie Camp, and William Eagles all put in a fantastic effort to snuff out the strong Witney midfield and drive Banbury forward launching several attacks on goal. Jamie Jackson demonstrated his skill to put great pressure on the Witney defence and Banbury won a string of short-corners. Unfortunately however they were unable to convert, to score the goal their effort deserved.

With many Banbury players involved in their first Club match on a full size pitch, there are a lot of positives to be taken from Banbury’s performance, particularly the way that they came back in the second-half and kept on competing right to the end.

Squad: Kit Lamb. Ashley Laverick, Ben Labuschagne, Finley McEvoy, Jamie Lamb, Oliver Davenport, George Wilkes, Jamie Jackson, Phillip Gunn, Harry Simons, Ben Britto, William Eagles, Charlie Camp.

U16 Boys v Wallingford – Banbury 9 – Wallingford 0

Frazer & Tait Dominate with a hat tricks as Banbury Piranhas Open U16 County League with a 9 Goal Frenzy

The Banbury Piranhas took a week off from the senior league to play their first game in the County U16 league against Wallingford U16s. They ran out with an overwhelming 9-0 victory in a match where they played total hockey from defence to attack.

Banbury were 6-0 up at half time with goals from Tom Tait and Aiden Edwards, and two goals a piece from Luke Frazer and a dominant Kyle White. The defence of Oscar Allitt, Harry Camp, Sam Pick and Sam Collier was so effective that Goalie, Alex Hatzigeorgiou, had little to do. Any attack was effectively snuffed out and the ball was recycled and distributed expertly to the midfield an attack at great pace. The midfield guile of White, Oliver Davis, Frazer, James Davenport and Chris Atkins were dominant in possession, leaving Wallingford no room for manoeuvre to build any platform for attack.

In the second half Wallingford rallied and the Banbury defence worked hard to tackle and recycle the ball. Joe Whinmill, Christian Squire, and Tom Tait continually ran the Wallingford  defence ragged opening up chances for the attacking midfield, and it was long before Tait got his 3rd goal marauding in the Wallingford D. Not to be out done, Frazer got his next goal to bag his hat trick with yet another of his trademark devastating right wing attacks.

It was a great start to their County Championship campaign and sets the team up for their tough senior league assignment down at Wokingham next weekend.

U14 Girls …

Match 1Banbury  2  Buckingham  0 … (Holly, Lyndsey)

Match 2 – Banbury  4  Witney  0 … (Holly 2, Ellie, Amy Mobley)

Banbury played their opening matches in the EH Under 14 girls league today.

The first game was against a strong Buckingham side. Both teams took time to settle but after some end to end play Holly Mystkowski found the net after a cross from right midfielder Lyndsey White. Banbury gained in confidence and Lyndsey added to the score sheet 5 minutes later with a shot from the edge of the ‘D’ bringing the half time score to 2 – 0. The second half saw Buckingham putting the Banbury defence of Lara Yorke and Serena Goodhart under persistent pressure. With timely tackles from the pair of them and some fine goal keeping from Hannah Vincent they ensured that Banbury kept a clean sheet which resulted in a 2 – 0 win.

The second match against Witney gave Banbury an opportunity to develop their team structure. Louisa Heathcote dominated the centre of the pitch and with Amy Marshall supporting on the left and Lyndsey on the right, the Witney side found it hard to break through the midfield. Maisie Bird provided width at right wing and Amy Mobley continually ran at their defence at right inner. The combination of Chloe Whinmill, Riannon Brown and Ellie Ravenscroft always made it difficult for Witney to clear their defensive lines. Holly was ever-present in the ‘D’ and snatched 2 goals in 5 minutes, after constant pressure on their keeper.  The second half saw Banbury capitalise on their lead and Ellie scored from a great position on their left post after a ball was crossed from the right. The final goal of the match came when Amy Mobley picked the ball up on the half way line and after beating 5 players, calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. The final score was 4 – 0.

An impressive start to the England Hockey league and a very encouraging performance by everyone.

Squad: Maisie Bird, Riannon Brown, Serena Goodhart, Louisa Heathcote, Amy Marshall, Amy Mobley, Holly Mystkowski, Ellie Ravenscroft, Hannah Vincent, Chloe Whinmill, Lyndsey White, Lara Yorke.