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Men's 1s Vs. Marlow 1s - Saturday 19th November 2022

Banbury Grab All 3 Points in Top of Table Clash

 

Banbury HC Men’s 1s - 3 Marlow HC Men’s 1s - 2


Banbury maintained their 100% unbeaten record with a hard fought 3-2 win at home against 2nd placed Marlow on Saturday. Banbury knew this would be the toughest test yet and the game lived up to their expectation. 


For the first 10 minutes both teams tested each other playing fast structured hockey but it was Marlow who had the edge and keeper Kit Lamb had to make a couple of critical saves to keep Banbury in the game. After 20 minutes Marlow’s attacking play won a penalty corner

which they scored with some clever switch play to grab a 1-0 lead. This spurred Banbury into life and George Brooker, Harry Simons, James Long and Joe Allen took control of the midfield battle to launch a series of counter attacks. Simons won the first penalty corner 5 minutes later but the drag flick from Dicky Scanlon was well saved. However just 3 minutes later great work from Sam Chadbourne won another penalty corner and Scanlon’s vicious drag flick won a penalty flick which Man of the Match, Josh Nunneley, converted to bring the score level at 1-1. Josh Nunneley and Brooker won 2 more penalty corners in swift succession following the equaliser, but these went unconverted. Marlow then came hard at the Banbury defence and Darsh Theara, Sam Pick and Pete Lamb had to defend hard with Kit Lamb having to make a great diving save to keep the scores level. Then with 2 minutes to go to half time a great move between Scanlon, Brooker and Jacob Buckner Rowley won a penalty corner which Buckner Rowley expertly scored from the rebound off the Marlow keeper who could only partially save Josh Nunneley’s drag flick. Banbury went into halftime 2-1 up but still facing a tough second half. 


The second half was just as well contested by these two top teams. The Banbury defence came under pressure early with Pick making a critical tackle in the Banbury D and Allen, Pete Lamb and Josh Nunneley clearing the lines under pressure. Then the tide turned with Simons working particularly hard down the right flank to link up with Captain Will Kellett and the ever busy Tyson Nunneley up front. Simons won two more penalty corners for Banbury which went unconverted. After 20 minutes the Banbury pressure paid dividends when a superb aerial pass from Josh Nunneley found brother Tyson Nunneley behind the Marlow defence who carved his way into the left of the D, slipped the ball past the Marlow keeper to Simons on the left post who slammed the ball home to give Banbury a 3-1 lead. But Marlow weren’t done, and their pressure won a penalty corner with ten minutes to go which they converted with a low drag flick to the left corner to close the gap to 3-2. Banbury responded well and for the last ten minutes controlled the game and put pressure on the Marlow defence wining a penalty corner in the last minute through Tyson Nunneley. Even though this went unconverted it gave Banbury the victory as there was no time on the clock for Marlow to respond. 


Banbury manager Andy Camp summed up the game: “This top of the table clash lived up to its billing. Both teams gave everything and played some great attacking hockey but also defended well. We just had the edge today and I was pleased the lads responded well to the Marlow goals with maturity and clinical play. Next week we are away to mid table Oxford Brooks Uni HC. We are 4 points clear at the top of the table and determined to stay there.”

Photo: Pete Lamb in control at the heart of defence

Photo: Joe Allen and Harry Simons immense in midfield

Photo: Joe Allen holds strong in the heat of the midfield battle

Photo: Dicky Scanlon created havoc from the back

Photo: Man of the Match Josh Nunneley grabs the Banbury equaliser

Photo: Brooker working hard to close the Marlow attack

Photo: Pete Lamb defends hard all game

Photo: James Long controlling midfield

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