Banbury romp to derby win with Nunneley at the double

Banbury's Nicola Brown scores against Oxford
Banbury's Nicola Brown scores against Oxford

Banbury head to Buckingham II on the back of Saturday’s excellent derby victory over Oxford.

Following their setback in last weekend’s South Club’s Women’s Hockey League opener, Banbury bounced back to beat Oxford 5-1 in Saturday’s division two fixture.

Banbury started strongly and demonstrated just how effectively the new formation is working with excellent lead runs from forwards Tasha Nunneley, Emma Hammond, Ave Cruickshank and Nicola Brown.

It was not long before Banbury took the lead with a goal by Brown and they did not have to wait too long to get their second goal when Cruickshank hit a sweet a first time strike giving the keeper no chance.

Banbury conceded a goal against the run of play midway through the first half. But Banbury bounced back moments later when Jenny Marsh selflessly passed the ball to Tasha Nunneley who slotted the ball between the keeper and near post.

In the second half Oxford did have a few more opportunities but not enough to reduce the deficit.

With great work rate from the whole team, Banbury extended their lead when Emma Hammond scored from close range.

The final goal of the came from Tasha Nunneley who coolly deflected the ball in on the post from a penalty corner. With some good saves by keeper Lauren Thomas and excellent defending by Becca Edwards, Oxford did not have many chances to get back into the game.