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Men's 1s Vs. Oxford OBU 1s - Saturday 12th March 2023

Banbury Rue Missed Chances 


Banbury HC - 1 Oxford OBU HC - 2


Promoted Banbury men’s 1s should’ve taken this game but for the eleven missed penalty corners and the excellent keeping of the Oxford goalie. 


Three early chances fell to Harry Simons, and Tyson and Josh Nunneley - the first from a great aerial pass from Andrew Scanlon to Jacob Buckner Rowley who created the opportunity for Simons. It was Oxford who grabbed the opener after 14 minutes with a penalty flick after the ball hit Josh Nunneley on the line. Then Banbury came to life again with Simons surging into the Oxford D, and Tyson Nunneley and Scanlon both having shots well saved by the Oxford keeper. After 26 minutes Banbury did grab the deserved equaliser after Buckner Rowley carved hrough Oxford and found Captain Will Kellett who swivelled and placed the ball low past the Oxford keeper. Oxford responded and defenders Pete Lamb, Darsh Theara and Josh Nunneley had to make critical tackles to maintain the score for a 5 minute period and the tide turned with Connor Roberts and Joe Allen controlling midfield and building attacks up the other end with Buckner Rowley and Simons testing the Oxford keeper again. This pressure led to Banbury winning a flurry of penalty corners which were saved on the line or deflected by the Oxford keeper. The half finished 1-1 with Banbury frustrated that they hadn’t created more of a gap.


The second half saw Oxford come out more assertively and Banbury’s man of the match keeper Kit Lamb had to make a series of excellent one on one and double saves to keep the score even. Joe Allen and Sam Pick also came into their own in defence and eventually after ten minutes Banbury turned the tide again winning a series of penalty corners through the work of Connor Roberts, Scanlon, Simons and Tyson Nunneley. But none of these were converted and just on the half hour mark Oxford broke out of the Banbury stranglehold to win a penalty corner which they

converted to take the lead 2–1. Oxford then pushed the advantage as Banbury had to throw everything forward leaving the defence vulnerable and Josh Nunneley had to save on the line to keep Banbury in touching distance. Banbury piled on more pressure and the last five minutes led to yet another flurry of penalty corners won by Simons, Buckner Rowley and Kellett but again the Oxford keeper and defence kept them out. 


The game finished with a disappointing 2-1 loss but Banbury can take some solace that they created many chances and are looking forward to national league next season. 


Manager Andy Camp said “we expected Oxford to come at us and give them credit they took their chances and defended well. We need to learn from this for next year in the national league as we can’t afford to create so many chances and come away with just one goal.” 


Next week Banbury face Basingstoke away and will want to put the record straight with a convincing win.





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