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Ladies 1s Vs. Winchester 1s - Sunday 15th January 2023

A frustrating day for the home team

BHC Ladies 1s - 0, Winchester Ladies 1s - 0

This was a new team for Banbury as they had come down from the league above last season, so it was a step into the unknown.

It was a cagey start by both teams and most of the play for the first 5 mins was in the middle of the field with no clear chance for either, but as the play settled down Banbury started to become

dominant and on 6 mins, after the first meaningful foray into the Winchester D, Banbury won the

first of TEN short corners. Pagey dragged a great shot goal bound which beat the goalie, but the

defender on the line kept it out. Despite Banbury having most of the ball, Winchester were clearly

dangerous and they immediately raced up the pitch in numbers and it took a great tackle back in the Banbury D by Libby Haden to clear the danger. It was now quite frenetic end to end stuff, but it was still Banbury who carved out the most clear cut chances. On 16 mins, 18 mins, 22 mins, 23 min & 27 mins Banbury won short corners but unfortunately none of them found the back of the net and both teams went in at half time 0-0.

The second half started much like the first with both teams testing out the other in the middle of the pitch and it took until 8 mins of the half for the first meaningful attack on goal to occur – once again, it was Banbury, and once again, it was a well earned short corner. Another short soon followed and another, yet as before, none of them rewarded the Banbury efforts with a goal. Banbury were playing with energy and determination, but Winchester were dealing with most of their attacks and seemed content to sit back and hit on the break. Banbury won 2 more shorts towards the end, but unfortunately none provided them with that all elusive goal and the last few minutes saw attacks by both sides. It took the Banbury goalie, Sammy Bates, to have her wits about her as Winchester had a gilt edged chance which she saved well, thus ensuring that the home team took away a point.

MVP – Several players were nominated, but Rosie Gowing received the most.

“Banbury had the bulk of the possession and the bulk of the chances, but were up against a well

drilled team who were skilful and quick, and content to hit on the break. On the balance of

chances created, Banbury should have won this game comfortably, but there are days where

sometimes the ball just doesn’t go into the net. Winchester dealt well with our short corners

today, but to move forward and climb higher up the league, we absolutely do need to reap the

benefits of creating so many chances“.

Bryce Wilkinson

Ladies 1s Manager 15/01/23

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