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Men's 1s Vs. Slough 1s - Sunday 29th January 2023

Banbury Regain their Mojo

Banbury HC Men’s 1s - 3 Slough HC Men’s 1s -0

Banbury travelled away to Slough on Sunday following their draw with Winchester and delivered a much improved performance and 3 points to keep them top of the league.

For the first ten minutes Banbury went at Slough determined to get an early lead. Harry Simons and Captain Will Kellett came close off clinical passes from Josh Nunneley and George Brooker. On the twelfth minute Sam Chadbourne fed newcomer Connor Roberts who drove onto the D to win a penalty corner. Josh Nunneley converted it with a trademark drag flick to give Banbury a deserved early lead. The rest of the half was a stalemate as the Banbury defence of Joe Allen, Pete Lamb and Darsh Theara stifled any attack and Slough defended deep in numbers making it very difficult to break down. 

The second half couldn’t have started better for Banbury as within 4 minutes they were 3-0 up. After just one minute Man of the Match Harry Simons robbed the Slough left back of the ball on the halfway line and launched down the right wing too fast for the recovering Slough defence, drove into the right of the D and launched a running flick high into the right of the Slough goal. Then just 3 minutes later a sublime passing move launched by a great Josh Nunneley pass to Brooker who linked with Jacob Buckner Rowley who’s run slipped through the Slough right midfield.  Buckner Rowley then rounded the defence hitting a great pass to the left post where Kellett slid low to execute a superb reverse deflection into the goal. Making it 3-0 to Banbury. With ten minutes left on the clock Slough won a penalty corner and nearly closed the lead when Brooker deftly deflected the strike off the Banbury line, but the game finished with Banbury chasing more goals and unlucky not to get the fourth when Brooker’s deflection off a great Kellett tomahawk pass was disallowed. The game finished 3-0 and Banbury grabbing all 3 points.

Manager Andy Camp said: “we really stepped up from yesterday’s disappointing draw and played the game to our tempo which constantly put Slough on the back foot. We were back to our best. Next week we face a tough away match at 3rd placed Trojans and we need to maintain our hunger and focus.”

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