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Men's 1s Vs. Reading 2s - Saturday 11th February 2023

Banbury Keep Top Slot after Dogged Fight 

Banbury HC Men’s 1s – 1 Reading HC Men’s 2s – 0

Banbury HC men’s 1s earned a tough 3 points at home beating a dogged Reading team 1-0 to stretch their lead at the top of the South Central Premiership by 10 points as rivals Marlow lost away at Salisbury. 

The first half started with Banbury missing 3 chances in the first 10 minutes. Captain Will Kellett, George Brooker and Harry Simons all came close. Reading came back at Banbury after this spell and could’ve got the opener but for the hard defensive work of Josh Nunneley and Pete Lamb. After repelling several attacks Andrew Scanlon and Sam Chadbourne started to rebuild attacks down the flanks with James Long and Simons. Scanlon surged down the left and unleashed a great tomahawk cross to Jacob Buckner Rowley on the right post who’s dive couldn’t convert and score. But Scanlon was in action again just 7 minutes before half time when Banbury won a penalty corner and his drag flick hit a defender on the line winning a penalty flick which Josh

Nunneley scored giving Banbury a 1-0 lead. Reading weren’t done though and the fresh legs off Richard Hobley and Sam Pick came on the aid the stretched Banbury defence stepping up to make critical interceptions and clearances. Banbury finished the half in ascendancy with Tyson Nunneley coming close off a great Kellett steal and pass and Simons just shaving the Reading post after great work and pass by Connor Roberts. Banbury went in at the break ahead but knowing this was a very tight affair. 

The second half was hard fought with Reading coming at Banbury full throttle and winning a string of penalty corners they couldn’t convert. But for the critical saves made by Man of the Match keeper Kit Lamb and last ditch blocking tackles made by central defender Pete Lamb Reading could’ve grabbed an equaliser. Two critical saves by keeper Lamb after 20 minutes off

a penalty corner and a deflected shot kept the clean sheet and Reading ran out of steam. More chances were created by James Long, Tyson Nunneley and Chadbourne down the flanks with Brooker and Simons coming close to extend the lead towards the end of the half but Banbury had to rely heavily on Connor Roberts and Joe Allen to stem Reading’s counter attacks.  The match finished 1-0 to Banbury but Reading will feel sore they didn’t grab something out of the game.


Manager Andy Camp said: “we won ugly against Reading away before Christmas and it was the same today. For a period in the second half we lost our focus and control but we dug in and won 3 points extending our lead at the top. We face Bournemouth at home next week - we must steel ourselves for another test and learn lessons from today”

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