Banbury Hit Five and Gain Another Away Win
Banbury HC Men’s 1s – 5 Staines HC Men’s 1s – 3
Banbury kept their promotion hopes alive and looked to be doing so in sparkling style and on
track to boost the potentially all-important goal difference figures when they were 3 goals up
at Staines in 12 minutes but though they recorded a vital 3 point win the final score ending at
5 – 3 meaning that the big goal difference gain was not achieved so the promotion hopes
continue to lie in the results achieved by others.
Banbury got off to a wonderful start dominating the game and when Josh Nunneley’s penalty
corner flick was blocked George Brooker was on hand to rifle it home to take the lead after
only 5 minutes. Almost straight away Banbury regained possession from the push back
with further great work from Sam Chadbourne leading to Harry Simons having sharp shot
parried by the Staines keeper only for Brooker to grab a second and increase the lead only 2
minutes after the first.
With Banbury rampant in particular down the left through Sam Chadbourne, Tyson Nunneley
came out of defence to complete a length of the pitch move to shoot with George Goodwin
deflecting it past the stranded keeper and get a third for the visitors.
The home side pushed back and dented the Banbury domination but only through counter-attacks rather than sustained pressure, and Brooker and Joe Allen continued recent great
form combining to provide midfield support distributing the ball well to maintain the away side
pressure. With further good work down the left Goodwin received a long aerial pass from
Josh Nunneley to go into the D and score with a wonderful reverse stick narrow angle shot
to extend the Banbury lead to 4-0 with only 5 minutes to the halftime break. Spurred by the
increased lead the visitors renewed their efforts and Harry Simons thundered in a long-range
shot to make it 5-0 with only 2 minutes remaining before the break.
The second half opening was almost a mirror image of the first with the home side suddenly
finding form scoring after only 3 minutes through swift passing play and a sharp shot which
Keeper Kit Lamb could do little about. Staines found heart in the early goal and 3 minutes
later they narrowed the score to 5-2 through a penalty corner low into the left of the Banbury
goal. With the early momentum going Staines’ way they scored a cheap goal to make it 5-3
in the eleventh minute and promised to dent the Banbury hopes. This woke Banbury up and
they should have increased the lead well beyond the reach of Staines. The game finished 5-
3 to Banbury but they should have closed the game out and cruised to the end.
Banbury Manager Andy Camp said: “Another 3 points in the bag and the run continues.
Staines are a tough mid-table team and so it was important we dug in and kept the win. The
start we had was incredible, but we shouldn’t have let them back into the game and we need
to manage the game better when we are 5-0 up. We have 3 games left and to win this
league we need all nine points and a bucket full of goals. Next week we face struggling
Slough at home on Saturday and Maidenhead away on Sunday”.
Match report by Steve Brooker.
Photos by Jim Chadbourne.
Photo: Man of the match Goerge Brooker bags 2 early goals
Photo: Banbury pressurises the Staines D
Photo: Josh Nunneley's drag-flick leads to the first goal
Photo: James Long fires a pass into the Staines D
Photo: Sam Chadbourne creates another attack