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Men's 1s Vs. Gloucester 1s and Oxford 1s - Saturday 10th September 2022

Banbury Men’s 1s show promise for the new season

Banbury HC -1 Gloucester HC -1

Banbury HC - 4 Oxford HC - 1

Banbury HC men’s 1s hosted Gloucester HC men’s 1s and Oxford HC men’s 1s at Banbury’s open day on Saturday and put on a great show in the autumn sunshine.

The first match against Gloucester was a tight affair for the first half and new youngsters Jonty Duffy, Sam Kentigern-Fox, Will Smith, and Jimmy Clarke performed well in the more challenging heat of first team hockey.

The first half ended goalless; however, it was the Gloucester keeper who was the busiest making some outstanding saves from the Banbury forward line of Will Kellett, Harry Simons, and Jacob Buckner Rowley as well as from the ever-busy Tyson Nunneley. The second half saw two goals in two minutes with Banbury’s youngster Will Smith giving the home side the lead with a deft shot by the right-hand post and Gloucester turning the ball over in defence to attack at pace leaving Banbury Keeper, Kit Lamb, facing two forwards who ran the ball round him to make it 1-1. Despite Banbury piling on the pressure the Gloucester keeper kept the scores even to the

final whistle.

The final game of the day was against local rivals Oxford HC who took the lead within 2 minutes with an unlucky deflection which dribbled into the goal to make it 1-0 to the visitors. However, Will Smith was again on hand in the D to provide the equaliser and then Banbury turned on the turbo and went at the opposition with Nunneley, Simons, Sam Chadbourne, and Buckner Rowley in midfield tearing through the heart of the Oxford midfield and defence. Goals came quickly through the second half when Kellett converted a penalty flick, and then Darsh Theara converted a great low penalty corner drag flick to make it 3-1.

The last goal was another low penalty corner drag flick from Captain Will Kellett ending the day on a high with a 4-1 victory.

This week the men’s 1s face two more friendlies against Khalsa and Rugby.

Manager, Andy Camp said “a good day for the men who were unlucky not to get two wins but showed we are progressing well for the start of the season. The youngsters in the team today were great and stepped up to show they can match any opponent in the 1st team level - so well done to them!”

Photo: Sam Chadbourne rips through the Gloucester midfield

Photo: Richard Hobley's experience held the defence together

Photo: Youngster Will Smith bags 2 goals on his debut

Photo: Pete Lamb solid in defence

Photo: Pete Lamb closes out Oxford attack

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