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Men's 1s Vs. Oxford University - Saturday 26th February 2022

Banbury HC Men Bag a Massive Win Away at Oxford University

BHC Men's 1s - 4, Oxford University – 3

After last weekend which saw Banbury HC Men’s 1s cruise through to the 4th round of the England Hockey cup through a bye – they faced top of the league Oxford University Men’s 1s away. Riding off the back of a continued winning run Banbury had to travel away with a depleted squad due to last-minute illness. They had a difficult first 20 minutes as the University played some fast and flowing hockey which led to them winning a penalty corner and scoring after ten minutes with a low drag-flick to make it 1-0 and then doubling the lead 7 minutes later when their forward carved through the Banbury midfield and defence and rounded keeper Kit Lamb to slide the ball home. But Banbury dug deep and the midfield engine kicked in with Harry Simons, joint man of the match Steve O’Connor, George Brooker, and Joe Allen stamping their authority on the game and retaining possession for the forwards, Captain Kellet and George Godwin, to feed off. Their hard work paid off when they won a penalty corner which joint man of the match, Josh Nunneley scored with his trademark rocket of a drag flick high into the University net to make it 2-1 with ten minutes of the half remaining. The first half ended with both teams much closer in the contest and Banbury believing they could get a result.

The second half started with Banbury coming out of the blocks fast. Tyson Nunneley, Sam

Chadbourne and Harry Simons stormed down the flanks well pushing the University back into their half. George Brooker on the right saw more of the ball and along with Jacob Buckner Rowley started to cause trouble with the University defence. Two quick penalty corners were won after 10 and 12 minutes as a result. Josh Nunneley repeated his drag-flick to make it 2-2 and the second drag flick unluckily rocketed off the University bar. The University were clearly rocked by this and couldn’t cope with the solid defending by the Nunneley’s, Joe Allen, and Richard Hobley in the centre of defence who battled for everything and turned the possession over to build quick attacking play.

After 25 minutes Harry Simons scored one of the goals of the match when he carved through 4

University defenders and crashed the ball into the net from the top of the D to make it 3-2 to

Banbury. The University dug in and rallied and with Banbury temporarily down to 10 men keeper Kit Lamb made a critical double save to retain the lead for Banbury. Then the pressure turned on the University again with O’Connor, Simons, and Brooker dominant in midfield and Captain Kellet

working well with Buckner Rowley upfront to win more penalty corners. Banbury’s 4th goal was a peach with Josh Nunneley throwing a long aerial pass to George Godwin who rounded the University defence to the left of the D and unleashed an unstoppable tomahawk shot to give Banbury a 4-2 lead with 5 minutes left on the clock. With 3 minutes left the University threw caution to the wind and won a penalty corner which they scored with deft interplay to make it 4-3. The final minute saw the University win a penalty corner which Keeper Kit Lamb repeat a double save to give Banbury a deserved win.

Banbury’s Manager, Andy Camp said “this was a major result against the top of the league and puts us right up there in the mix for promotion. We came here today with the bare squad due to illness but the shift each and every one of these players put in was immense. Every man put their body on the line against a talented University team and we got the win of the season which makes up for the bitter close loss we had against them at home. Next week we face Reading – but we have nothing to fear.”

Photo: Harry Simons scored the 3rd goal

Photo: Steve O'Connor dominant in midfield

Photo:Josh Nunneley scores a double

Photo: Tyson Nunneley and Chadbourne close in on the Uni

Photo: Josh Nunneley's double drag flicks recover Banbury

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