Banbury bounce back with comfortable victory

Banbury's George Brooker gets his pass away against Henley
Banbury's George Brooker gets his pass away against Henley

Steve Brooker will be looking for his Banbury side to make it back-to-back wins next weekend.

Banbury stormed back to form in Saturday’s South Premier Hockey League fixture, beating Henley 4-2, ahead of this weekend’s trip to newly-promoted Guildford.

Guildford will be a stern test but our confidence is restored

Manager Steve Brooker

Following the disappointing performance at Spencer in their opening division one fixture, Banbury imposed their free-running and attacking style on the game from the outset. They created but squandered four early chances as captain Steve O’Connor found form to connect with the new forward combinations of Kyle White, Joe Cooper and Barney Williams.

And it was the visitors who struck first when Chris Green pushed home a shot that bounced back from the far post. Banbury look much stronger when Tyson Nunneley plays at right back and he finished a scything move to crash the ball home to equalise.

Moments later the home side capitalised on their sustained pressure when veteran Richard Foreman intercepted a clearance to set up Cooper whose fierce shot was deflected home by White.

The home pressure continued with Aussie midfielder Kieran Symons in inspirational form and he added to his tally to increase Banbury’s lead early into the second half.

The Banbury pressure continued as Nunneley, James Long and George Brooker created multiple chances as they broke time and time again down the right wing. But it was Josh Nunneley who took the score to 4-1, slotting home a penalty corner won from one of those moves.

Home pressure continued as Banbury threatened to increase their lead with Cooper and Williams going close but it was Green who pulled another goal back for the visitors.

Brooker said: “There are now six teams in this division, each of which have won one game and lost one game so it promises to be a tight season for results.

“We will need to build some consistency on our travels. Guildford will be a stern test but our confidence is restored and we are looking for another good result.”