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Men's 1s Vs. Trojans 1s - Saturday 5th October 2022

Banbury Men’s 1s Hit Ten to Go Top


Banbury Men's 1s - 10, Trojans 1s - 3


Banbury created a real firework display on Saturday and took the top slot at home on Saturday as rivals Marlow slipped to a defeat in Oxford and Banbury delivered an emphatic 10-3 win in the South Central Premiership. 


Banbury stamped their authority on the game with a blitz of goals in the first ten minutes.  The first was from a penalty corner won by the excellent George Brooker which Rick Scanlon converted with his trademark drag flick. Just five minutes later man of the match, Tyson Nunneley won another penalty corner and this time it was James Long pounced on a loose ball following another Scanlon drag flick and with a sublime reverse sweep made it 2-0 to Banbury. Three minutes later Harry Simons and Brooker’s combined hard work won another penalty corner which Scanlon scored to make it 3-0 to the home team. This spurred Trojans into action and for a period of ten minutes the Banbury defence had to work hard. Keeper Kit Lamb pulled off a couple of critical saves and Sam Pick , Pete Lamb and Darsh Theara along with the ever busy Josh Nunneley had to work hard to keep the clean sheet. After the onslaught Joe Allen, Brooker and Simons in midfield grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and rebuilt the Banbury attack. On twenty minutes Tyson Nunneley created havoc in the Trojans defence and won a penalty corner which Josh Nunneley scored with a rocket of a drag flick to make it 4-0. Then Banbury came at Trojans with renewed vigour and Tyson Nunneley, Harry Simons, Jacob Buckner Rowley and Captain Kellett harried the defence constantly. It was Simons who won the next penalty corner which Rick Scanlon drag flicked like a rocket, a Trojan defender miraculously saved it on the line but Josh Nunneley was there on the rebound to flick it home and make it 5-0. Two minutes later Tyson Nunneley won yet another penalty corner which Scanlon scored with an unstoppable drag flick to bag his hat trick and increase the lead to 6-0. The half finished with a sublime pass and move which Sam Chadbourne started by carving through the Trojans team to find Tyson Nunneley with a great reverse pass who then slipped the ball to Buckner Rowley who

tipped the ball into the Trojans net to make it 7-0 as the first half ended. 


The second half started with Trojans determined not to throw in the towel and playing for pride. They immediately went on the attack and made it 7-1 when their forward beat keeper Lamb with a tremendous reverse stick strike from the far left of the Banbury D. Tyson Nunneley was having none of it and put Banbury ahead to make it 8-1 only 4 minutes later with a wonderful individual goal slipping the ball past the keeper despite being under pressure from a defender’s foul. Trojans weren’t done and made it 8-2 after a hard struck pass to the Banbury left post that took a deflection into the goal. Joe Allen, Theara, Pick and Pete Lamb then had to work hard defensively to keep the score at 8-2. After 20 minutes Scanlon’s excellent run won another Banbury penalty corner and Captain Kellett’s drag flick won a penalty flick after it hit a Trojans defender on the line. Kellett scored the penalty to give Banbury the 9-2 lead. Scanlon won yet another penalty corner 3 minutes later which Kellett scored with a solid low drag flick to grab his second and Banbury’s tenth. With 5 minutes left of the match the Trojans team came back with a well worked move to score their third with a deft reverse stick flick to finish the game 10-3. 


Banbury Manager, Andy Camp, said: “This was text book attacking hockey from the lads. Trojans were just one point behind us in the league and are a free scoring team, but that first half performance was top drawer and the game was won by half time. Credit to Trojans though - they came out in the second half and took the game to us. They played for pride. We are now top of the league with a huge goal difference advantage. It’s a long season so we now need to maintain focus. Next week we face Reading away - there’s no easy game”.


Photo: Man of the Match Tyson Nunneley created four goals and scored one

Photo: George Brooker constantly pressurised the Trojans

Photo: James Long grabs the second goal

Photo: Harry Simons constantly harried the Trojans

Photo: Scanlon bags a hat trick

Photo: Brooker and Simons take control

Photo: Chadbourne's individual skill creates goal number 7

Photo: Harry Simons blocks another Trojans attack


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