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Men's 1s vs. Henley 1s - Saturday 8th October 2022

Captain Kellett Hat Trick Helps Banbury Kick Off The Season with a “Goal Fest”

BHC Men's 1s - 9, Henley Men's 1s - 0

Banbury men’s 1s threw down the gauntlet to the premiership after two league draws with a dramatic 9 goal win against Henley to the delight of the home crowd. 

Within the first 7 minutes Banbury attacked with purpose to grab the early lead with two goals. The opener after just 4 minutes when Captain Kellett led by example winning and early penalty corner which man of the match Josh Nunneley scored with his trademark drag flick. Just two minutes later young Ben Clarke worked the ball down the left wing to Kellett who carved through 3 defenders in the opposition D and executed a perfect reverse stick chip shot to make it 2-0 to Banbury. Banbury then came under pressure from Henley and keeper Kit Lamb, Nunneley, Joe Allen and Darsh Theara had to step up to maintain the lead. Richard Hobley and Pete Lamb came on field to shore up the defence and Banbury started to build effective attacks down the flanks through the ever busy Tyson Nunneley, James Long and Sam Chadbourne. The turning of the tide produced 2 more great goals after 25 minutes when Captain Kellett grabbed his second with a deadly low drag flick and then came his hat trick when the wizardry of Richard Scanlon found Josh Nunneley with the perfect pass who then switched the ball across the D to Kellett who scored Banbury’s 4th just before half time with a slap shot into the Henley goal. 

At half time Banbury made the decision to put this game to bed and send a message to the premier league. Harry Simons immediately took the ball from the whistle and carved through the Henley midfield and defence to win the first penalty corner. Scanlon then worked the ball with Simons again 2 minutes later to see Simon’s shot fizz just wide of the Henley goal.  Then after 48 minutes the 5th Banbury goal game and it was a work of art. Josh Nunneley threw an aerial pass from left back the length of the pitch to Tyson Nunneley on the right wing who took it down perfectly and drove into the Henley D around two defenders to find George Brooker on the left post who slammed the pass home. 7 minutes later Josh Nunneley made it 6-0 with a viscous drag flick high into the Henley net after Kellett won a penalty corner. On the hour mark Sam Chadbourne stepped up to the plate in left midfield as he dribbled the ball through the Henley midfield and defence executed a flick which the keeper parried but Chadbourne followed up to put the rebound away to make it 7-0. Three minutes later Chadbourne again opened up the Henley defence slipped the ball to Brooker who expertly converted his second goal and Banbury’s 8th. The 9th goal came from the grit and determination of Simons who rode several Henley tackles to win a penalty corner which Scanlon converted with a rocket of a drag flick into the left corner of the Henley goal. The match finished with a comprehensive 9-0 win for Banbury - their first 3 points of the season. 

Banbury manager Andy Camp said: “we said we needed to grab our first 3 points this week and we did it in an emphatic way sending a message to the rest of the Premiership. We have big ambitions this year to win the league after last year’s close call and the lads delivered in spades today. Next week we have Winchester away - we need to repeat our clinical and focussed performance to maintain the momentum.”

Photo: Captain Kellett leads the way with a hat trick

Photo: The Nunneleys create havoc

Photo: Scanlon's wizardry opens up Henley

Photo: Tyson Nunneley terrorised Henley

Photo: James Long harries the Henley defence

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