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Men's 1s Vs. Oxford OBU 1s - Saturday 26th November 2022

Banbury Hit Five to Stay Top

Banbury HC Men’s 1s - 5 Oxford OBU Men’s 1s - 2

Banbury HC men maintained their top slot position in the South Central Premiership with an

impressive 5-2 win away to Oxford on Saturday. 

The first 30 minutes of the first half was all Banbury. Tyson Nunneley, George Brooker and Captain Will Kellett terrorised the Oxford defence up front. Brooker had two great chances

saved brilliantly by the Oxford keeper in the first ten minutes created by Ric Scanlon and

Josh Nunneley aerial passes. 

It was Brooker’s hard work that won Banbury’s first penalty corner which Scanlon converted

with a rocket drag flick to give Banbury a 1-0 lead after 11 minutes. For a short period

following this Oxford broke twice and Josh Nunneley had to clear the goal line and keeper

Kit Lamb and to pull off a good save from a penalty corner drag flick. But the midfield of man

of the match Harry Simons, James Long and Joe Allen successfully controlled the middle of

the pitch and it wasn’t long before Banbury’s second goal came when Scanlon’s aerial pass

found Brooker on the left of the Oxford D who passed to Tyson Nunneley on the far right and

Nunneley found the net with a deft strike to make it 2-0. Just 5 minutes later great work by

Long won a penalty flick which Captain Kellett coolly converted to make it 3-0 to Banbury

with just 10 minutes of the half to go. Banbury suffered some disruption to their flow when

Tyson Nunneley went off for treatment and Oxford took advantage to grab 2 good goals just

before half time with a solid drag flick from a penalty corner and a great strike from a tight

angle on the right to make the score much closer at 3-2 going into the break. 

The second half returned to Banbury maintaining control and the Banbury defence of Darsh

Theara, Sam Pick and Pete Lamb were far more composed allowing Josh Nunneley and Ric

Scanlon the freedom to attack from deep much more. Harry Simons was on fire down the

right and Sam Chadbourne came on to the left wing to provide extra dynamism to the

attacks down the left flank. Both Scanlon and Brooker had strikes well saved in the first 5

minutes and after 8 minutes Brooker won another penalty corner which Josh Nunneley was

unlucky not to score with a vicious drag flick which the Oxford defender deflected onto the

post.  However, two minutes later the pressure paid off when Kellett’s sharp reverse stick

shot was well saved by the busy Oxford keeper only for Simons to leap onto the rebound

and hammer the ball home with his reverse stick shot. Banbury were now on the rampage

with Allen and Brooker linking well in midfield with Scanlon and Simons. A great move down

the left found Kellett in the D and he unleashed a searing strike which unluckily smashed

against the far right post of the Oxford goal.  Just four minutes later Banbury got their

deserved 5th goal when a deft move between Scanlon and Brooker won another penalty

corner and Kellett’s drag flick was skilfully deflected in by Simons for his second goal.  

Banbury had one scare with five minutes to go when Brooker saved on the line from an

Oxford drag flick but apart from that Banbury closed out the game and both Tyson Nunneley

and Kellett came close to stretch the lead even further. The match finished with a deserved

5-2 win and 3 more points in the bag for the league leaders. 

Banbury Manager Andy Camp said : “The lads really came out of the blocks fast to get the 3-

0 lead but Oxford are dangerous on the break and we were naive to let them back into the

game. The second half however was a master class in control and pass and move hockey

and this closed the match out. Next week we’re back at home against Basingstoke.”

Photo: Josh Nunneley on the rampage

Photo: Captain Kellett scores the penalty and unlucky not to get two!

Photo: Tyson Nunneley terrorised Oxford up front

Photo: Scanlon surges out of defence

Photo: Pete Lamb solid in the heart of defence

Photo: Man of the Match Simons bags 2 goals

Photo: Brooker dominated up front

Photo: Scanlon builds another attack

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