Boardman grabs late point as Banbury defy odds

Simon Boardman earned Banbury a late point

Simon Boardman earned Banbury a late point

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Simon Boardman grabbed a late point for Banbury ahead of Saturday’s South Premier Hockey League clash with London Edwardians.

Banbury drew 3-3 with Horsham in Saturday’s thrilling division one fixture, despite twice being down to nine men and ten at other times.

Another point claws up to fourth but ill-discipline will need to be curbed if we are to fulfil our potential

Banbury manager Steve Brooker

Although ill-discipline resulted in Banbury having reduced numbers on the pitch all three goals were scored during those periods.

With two men in the sin-bin, Banbury went in front from a move involving Josh Nunneley and Tyson Nunneley who carried the ball forward to create the opening for Boardman to score. Joey Humphries equalised after Banbury had returned to full strength before halftime.

Shortly after the restart, Banbury conceded a penalty corner and then gifted the visitors a penalty, coolly converted by Ellis Wooley. Moments later and down to ten men, Josh Nunneley again sent an soaring aerial pass out of defence, leaving the visitors flat-footed for captain Steve O’Connor to collect at speed and slot past the keeper.

After Banbury failed to convert a penalty, a defensive mix-up left Kieran Symons flailing at the advancing attacker to concede a penalty corner which Humphries netted.

The home side were again down to ten men with only three minutes to go. But Boardman pulled them back into the match with only a minute to go, finishing in characteristic style from short range.

The point takes Banbury above London Edwardians ahead of this weekend’s fixture and manager Steve Brooker said: “Another point claws us up to fourth but ill-discipline will need to be curbed if we are to fulfil out potential this year.”