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Men's 1s Vs. Winchester 1s - Saturday 15th October 2022

Banbury Men Kick On With Back to Back Wins

BHC Men's 1s - 3, Winchester Men's 1s - 1

Banbury travelled away to mid table Winchester with the objective of building on their big win

against Henley in the previous week. The away fixture against Winchester has always been a difficult and gritty affair and this one was no different. 

The first half was a tough end to end contest with Banbury ruing their missed chances more. George Brooker came close after 15 minutes when a great run and pass by Captain Tyson Nunneley found Brooker in the D who’s deft deflection was expertly saved by the Winchester keeper. And it was the Winchester keeper who again kept his team in the game with a triple

save off of Harry Simons, Josh Nunneley and Brooker after a penalty corner flick was initially

saved from Josh Nunneley. Winchester did have some effective attacks and keeper Kit Lamb had to pull off a great save sprinting off his line and clearing the ball with his stick in a one on one contest with a Winchester forward. Sam Chadbourne came close as well after man of the match Richie Scanlon’s expert slip pass to him but his first time deflection was well saved by the Winchester keeper. Half time came with the score line 0-0 and both teams having tested each other but to no avail. 

The second half started with Banbury much more focussed and within 4 minutes the pressure put on the Winchester defence by Jacob Buckner Rowley, Brooker and Simons led to Tyson Nunneley stealing a half trapped ball, rounding the Winchester defence and producing a silky finish past their keeper to make it 1-0. Banbury were then on top and the midfield engine of Joe Allen, Chadbourne, Nunneley and Brooker put more pressure on to win a penalty corner which Richie Scanlon was unlucky not to score when his drag flick was saved on the line. It was Winchester, however, who grabbed the next goal to make it 1-1 when the Banbury defence couldn’t cope with a left wing attack that led to an unmarked forward striking the ball past keeper Lamb from the right of the D. Winchester then came at Banbury and Darsh Theara, Pete Lamb and Josh Nunneley, in the centre of defence, had to work hard along with Sam Pick and Richard Hobley to clear the lines. Winchester nearly took the lead after 20 minutes when Kit Lamb made an outstanding save with his stick off a strike at point blank range. This spurred Banbury into action, and they took the game by the scruff of the neck and controlled the last 15 minutes. 

Man of the Match Scanlon got the critical next goal with a vicious low drag flick off a penalty

corner to make it 2-1 and was again in the action when his deft pass was expertly deflected

by Brooker making the Winchester keeper pull off a great save. It was Richie Scanlon who

put the game well and truly to bed with just 2 minutes on the clock with his trademark drag

flick off another penalty corner battering the back board of the Winchester goal like an antipodean sledgehammer. The game finished 3-1 to Banbury and boosting them to second

in the South Central Premier League. 

Manager Andy Camp said: “it was so important to grab these 3 away points after last week’s

big win. The lads had to work hard to grind out this win and put us up into the promotion mix

after 4 games. Next week we face Hampton in Arden HC at home in the first round of the

national T2 cup - as defending champions we need to ensure we kick off our trophy defence

with a win as well.”

Photo: Pete Lamb battles to keep out the Winchester attack

Photo: Joe DS Allen puts his body on the line to halt the Winchester attack

Photo: Captain Tyson Nunneley cruises through midfield to score the opener

Photo: Brooker working hard to disrupt the Winchester attack

Photo: Pick provides defensive cover

Photo: Man of the Match Scanlon settles the match with a crucial double

Photo: Theara, Nunneley and Allen clear the lines

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