Banbury are promoted and aim to go up as champions

Steve Brooker has guided Banbury to promotion
Steve Brooker has guided Banbury to promotion

Banbury’s excellent run during the second half of their South Premier Hockey League campaign was rewarded with promotion on Saturday.

Banbury beat London Edwardians 5-1 in their final home game and can clinch the division two title at Horsham this weekend.

Banbury took an early lead through Tyson Nunneley and soon doubled their advantage through Nick Best. Banbury made it 3-0 when Simon Boardman tapped-in from close range in a trade-mark goal before London Edwardians reduced the arrears when former Banbury player Tim Craven saw his mis-hit shot deflected into the net by Nat Farrant.

The second half began much like the first as Banbury were on top but unable to play their trademark fluidity. The fourth goal eventually came through Josh Nunneley, sending a drag flick past the helpless London Edwardians goalkeeper, giving Banbury an unassailable lead and a sense of relief.

Both sides continued to create chances and Harry Brooker was called in to action making some important last-ditch interceptions and keeper Scott Reynolds continued his impressive run of form with some fine reaction saves. With ten minutes to go Adrian Simons put the game to bed with an emphatic finish into the roof of the net.