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Ladies 1s Vs. Basingstoke 2s - Saturday 14th January 2023

The homes fans have plenty to cheer about


BHC Ladies 1s - 3, Basingstoke Ladies 2s - 1


The first game of a weekend double header saw the ladies at home to a strong Basingstoke team on Saturday. The reverse fixture earlier in the season at Basingstoke saw our team come away with no points despite having the best of it, so we were hoping for a better result today.


The opening minutes saw Banbury moving the ball around in the Basingstoke half, and unlike last week, we were operating comfortably in the top half of the pitch. This remained the case for a good 10 mins, with both teams being very competitive and each probing the other, looking for an opening. Basingstoke soon earned their first short corner and unfortunately Banbury didn’t clear and the Basingstoke player lifted it high into the top corner giving Sammy Bates no chance. 1-0 Basingstoke. Banbury were not put off and came back at Basingstoke with Zoe Young earning the first of many Banbury shorts on 14 mins. 2 mins later Basingstoke got a short of their own and it was all to play for - good end to end stuff. Banbury were looking the better team and Zoe Young and Tash Roberts combined superbly to set up Corin Scott who just missed. Shortly after, Molly McCusker, Vic Coombs and Zoe Young also went close. Libby Haden saw a reverse stick shot just fly past too; this was great hockey from the home team. Banbury kept up the pressure and had shorts on 25 mins and 28 mins, and from the second one, Zoe Young fired a lovely low show past the feet of the excellent Basingstoke goalie; 1-1. In the final minute of the half Tash and Molly combined again with Molly just missing. A good half of hockey!


The 2 nd half continued in similar vein with both teams playing well. Basingstoke had the best of the first few minutes, but soon Banbury had the ball in their D winning another short. Again, Basingstoke defended well and for the next few mins they had the best of it and had Banbury pushed back, however, the home side soon moved up field and it was quite frenetic end to end stuff. This continued for some time and it really looked too close to call. Would something give? With little less than 15 mins to go, Banbury pressure told, and Vic Coombs rocketed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the D past the keeper giving Banbury a much deserved 2-1 lead. Could we hang on – or even better, push on to get another, and complete the victory? Basingstoke were getting desperate, but today, Banbury’s game management was excellent and they kept the ball, and when they didn’t have it, they were operating deep in the Basingstoke half – well away from Sammy and her goal. 4 mins from the end, Banbury earned another short – let’s take our time was the order of the day..!


We won another short 2 mins later – again, the ladies were calmly and methodically working in the Basingstoke danger area running the time down. Basingstoke couldn’t clear and with the last hit of the game, after Banbury had won yet another short, a speculative shot at goal found one of our defenders , Abbie Stevens up there to help it on its way into the net. That was a lovely end to a great game; 3-1 Banbury.

MVP – This was a great TEAM performance but Libby Haden received the most nominations (4)


“This was a great game of hockey to watch, and hopefully for the ladies, to be involved in. They

started far better than normal, attacking rather than having to defend and they all played with

fantastic energy and attitude. Everyone played their part in this win, and everything seemed to

click today and the team got what they deserved – the full 3 points against some really decent

opposition.”


Bryce Wilkinson

Ladies 1s Manager 14/01/23


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