Banbury Bag 3 Points with a Nunneley Hattrick
Banbury HC Men’s - 5 Milton Keynes Men’s 1s – 0
Banbury returned home this Saturday and got back to their winning ways with a comprehensive win over Milton Keynes and man of the match Josh Nunneley scoring a hattrick.
Banbury were intent on getting an early goal with Joe Allen, George Brooker, and Captain Tyson
Nunneley continually putting the Milton Keynes defence under pressure and after 14 minutes
Brooker found Tyson Nunneley who picked the perfect pass to Josh Nunneley whose first-time shot could only be parried by the keeper and Jacob Buckner Rowley was there to flick the rebound high into the net to make it 1-0 to Banbury.
Milton Keynes were no pushover though and came back hard at Banbury which tested Keeper Kit Lamb a few times but by midway, in the half, the defence of Darsh Theara, Sam Pick and Peter Lamb took control and built some great flank attacks through Tyson Nunneley and Sam Chadbourne who started to create many chances for Simons and Buckner Rowley up front. After 30 minutes that golden chance came when Simons intercepted a pass and hammered the ball home to make it 2-0 with a vicious tomahawk shot. Just before half time Tyson Nunneley carved through the opposition defence to win a penalty corner. Josh Nunneley made it 3-0 with his trademark rocket drag flick.
The second half started with the Banbury midfield again dominating and after just 4 minutes Brooker found Josh Nunneley in the opposition D who rounded the defence and keeper and executed a superb reverse flick to give Banbury a 4-0 lead. Then 8 minutes later the hard-working Harry Simons was fouled in the opposition D to win a penalty flick. Up stepped Josh Nunneley to coolly launch the flick high into the net to make it 5-0 to Banbury. More chances came Banbury’s way, especially through the hard work of Chadbourne and Tyson Nunneley with Simons and Buckner Rowley, and Banbury were unlucky not to increase the lead with the Milton Keynes keeper making some outstanding saves and Banbury hitting the bar and having another shot cleared off the line. The game ended 5-0 to Banbury with 4 games to go and the league title still in their sights.
Banbury Manager, Andy Camp said: “This was a great comeback from last week’s unlucky draw
against Bournemouth and with a depleted squad. The lads put a huge shift in and closed down the opposition and managed the game professionally. We haven’t lost since the first game in January and we now play with games in hand over the league leaders – this will go down to the wire. Next week we have a tricky match away to Staines – so it’s important we don’t lose focus.”
Photo: Sam Chadbourne closed down the flank all game
Photo: Tyson Nunneley creating havoc
Photo: Sam Pick helps to keep a clean sheet
Photo: Darsh Theara closes another attack down