Banbury hit back to earn place in last eight of cup

Banbury keeper Scott Reynolds  saved a penalty-flick against Canterbury
Banbury keeper Scott Reynolds saved a penalty-flick against Canterbury

Banbury are through to the last eight of the England Hockey Cup following a dramatic penalty-flick victory over Canterbury.

It looked as though Banbury were on the way out when trailing National Premier Division outfit Canterbury in Sunday’s third round tie but Max Grossmith equalised in the dying seconds and Scott Reynolds saved a penalty-flick to seal victory.

The game started as expected with Canterbury having the greater share of possession and Banbury working hard off the ball to maintain their defensive structure.

Canterbury broke the deadlock with a tidy close range finish and extended their lead after unlocking the Banbury defence with another similar finish.

As the half progressed Banbury grew in confidence earning their share of the possession, with the hard working Richard Hobley and Steve Campbell influencing the game from the centre of midfield.

Banbury reduced the arrears when the keeper saved but Tyson Nunneley squared the ball to Richard Foreman who swept it home.

After the restart, Banbury stuck to their task in repelling the Canterbury attacks and equalised against the run of play with a great counter attacking move finished off by Grossmith.

Banbury went ahead when Matt Bull converted a shot corner but Canterbury scored twice in quick succession to regain the advantage. A last-ditch attack saw Tyson Nunneley’s shot converted by Grossmith with less than ten seconds on the clock.

So the tie went to a penalty-flick decider. Banbury scored their first four penalty-flicks with Canterbury missing their second one and keeper Scott Reynolds saved their final flick to seal the victory.