Banbury turned the tables on London Wayfarers with a 6-3 success in Saturday’s South Club’s Women’s Hockey League fixture.
Having lost 4-2 at Wayfarers earlier in the season, Banbury were determined to start strongly. And they did with some short, sharp passing and plenty of attacking play. Sadie Lapper broke the deadlock with an excellent run and diving reverse finish.
Banbury maintained the early pressure with Lapper repeating the feat. Banbury’s forward line continued to make runs that cut through Wayfarer’s defence and following a scramble Tash Nunneley finished with a strike from the top.
Wayfarers became more competitive with Banbury’s defence having to make some important tackles and keeper Lotty Dee-Andrews saved several shots. Eventually this pressure told and Wayfarers scored with a reverse stick finish into the side-netting.
Nunneley restored Banbury’s three-goal cushion before the break but the second half was more evenly contested and they scored again. Banbury quickly replied with a well-worked short corner and deflection for Charlie Matthews.
Banbury’s final goal came from another short corner with Lydnsey White delicately pushing the ball home from left slip. For much of the last quarter, Banbury had to fend off Wayfarers who managed to pull another goal back.