Banbury Under 16 Boys Match Report
Banbury HC U16s – 6 Oxford HC u16s – 3
Banbury U16s came away from Oxford with another convincing win in their league campaign. The first half was close, however, where Oxford came back from the first 20 minutes where they were under the cosh from a dominant Banbury team to score the first goal with a quick break from their defence. Banbury soon equalled the score with a neat short corner routine from Kyle White. Oxford came back at Banbury again soon after with another fast break from the back to take the lead. 3 minutes before half time Kyle White scored his second gaol breaking into the D and slotting the ball high into the Oxford net.
Alex Hatzigeorgiou in goal kept Banbury in the game with some fine saves and Harry Camp and Sam Collier held the defence together well with some great tackling and recycling of the ball. The team went into half time 2-2.
After a change of tactics at half time Banbury maintained possession much more effectively in midfield with White, Oliver Davis, Aiden Edwards, and Chris Atkins closing down the Oxford opponents at every opportunity and recycling the ball quickly to the wings and attack. Luke Frazer, James Davenport, and Sam Pick ran the Oxford team ragged down the flanks leading to a string of short corners, which Oxford defended bravely. There was nothing they could do about Banbury’s 3rd goal which White despatched with a vicious reverse stick strike high into the net. The floodgates then opened when after a great passing move between Atkins and Davenport ended with Christian Squire slotting home the 4th goal. Banbury could have scored more at this point with Jo Whinmill and Luke Frazer both coming very close hitting the post, but it was White’s 4th that really put the game to bed with yet another marauding run into the D and a venomous strike.
The Banbury Defence of Harry Camp and Sam Collier at the heart tackled and intercepted every Oxford attack and Alex in goal made a couple of excellent saves to deny the opposition any grip on the game. The last goal came from an excellent penetrative run from Oliver Davis who forced the ball through 3 or 4 Oxford defenders and hammered the ball home past the Oxford keeper.
Next Sunday the team face a stern test at Northampton in the EH Cup tournament when they face Saints and Hawks.