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Men's 1s Vs. Trojans 1s - Saturday 4th February 2023

Banbury Continue Winning Streak on the Road 


Banbury HC Men’s 1s - 5 Trojans HC Men’s 1s - 3


High flying Banbury travelled to Southampton on Saturday for an away fixture against 4th placed Trojans and bagged another 3 points after their 3-0 win last Sunday away against Slough. Banbury remain top of the South Central Premiership and seven points clear of Marlow. 


Banbury started well winning a penalty flick after just 4 minutes which Captain Will Kellett scored to give Banbury and early 1-0 lead. Then Banbury set about increasing the lead with purpose with man of the match Jacob Buckner Rowley dominating the midfield flanks alongside Harry Simons and George Brooker. Trojans just couldn’t penetrate the Banbury defence as Darsh Theara, Pete Lamb, Richard Hobley, and Sam Chadbourne blocked and turned over every attack. This paid off when Brooker made it 2-0 after Simons put the Trojans keeper under pressure and Brooker was on the post to tip the partially blocked shot in. Banbury went in at the break 2-0 up but it could’ve been more. 


The second half saw Banbury even more dominant with Tyson Nunneley and Andrew Scanlon stamping their authority on the game and Buckner Rowley harassing the flanks with Simons. This led to a penalty corner and the 3rd goal though a Josh Nunneley drag flick special. Keeper Kit Lamb was called into action shortly after and pulled off a great diving save but minutes later Trojans did come back and grab a goal through a penalty corner.


However, Banbury continued the onslaught and it was soon 4-1 when Scanlon converted yet another Banbury penalty corner. Joe Allen, Sam Chadbourne, Pete Lamb and Theara then shut the door on Trojans and with 5 minutes left Brooker grabbed his second and Banbury’s 5th after a great surge down the wing by Buckner Rowley and clinical pass which Brooker

slammed into the Trojans net. 


The last two minutes was a bizarre affair however when Trojans won a soft penalty flick off Brooker and a penalty corner off a decent Josh Nunneley clearance which they converted to end the game 5-3 to Banbury.

 

Manager Andy Camp said: “this was an important win after last week as it showed we can continue to dominate and win away from home. We’ve been top of the league for a while now and we just need to keep our focus and discipline to see this season and promotion over the line. Next week we host Reading at home - it’s vital we use home advantage to bag another 3 points.”



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