Banbury rue lost points at Epsom

Aveline Cruickshank gave Banbury the lead at Epsom
Aveline Cruickshank gave Banbury the lead at Epsom

Banbury entertain Havant on Saturday on the back of two dropped points at Epsom.

Having twice held the advantage in Saturday’s 2-2 draw in the South Club’s Women’s Hockey League fixture at Epsom, Banbury would be disappointed not to have come away with all three points.

The first half was strong from Banbury with possession of the ball leading to multiple opportunities but the experienced Epsom side held their own. After several minutes of perseverance and determination Aveline Cruikshank broke the deadlock. A good spell of two-touch hockey down the left hand side of the pitch produced a clinical finish by Cruikshank.

Despite the uplifting halftime team talk from coach Sadie Lapper, Banbury were slow off the mark going into the second half. Recognising that, Epsom broke quickly through Banbury’s defence to equalise.

With the game becoming more heated, Banbury managed to reset and Tash Nunneley grabbed the opportunity to put them back into the lead. Banbury continued to work hard to maintain their lead with a tight defensive press and close marking.

But, after a collision led to midfielder Charlie Matthews being taken off injured, Banbury started to lose their composure.

Following some persistent play from Epsom’s attacking line the London side managed to equalise with only five minutes to go. Banbury became frantic and made individual attempts to get the winner.