Banbury will be better equipped for early derby

Natasha Nunneley was on target for Banbury at London Wayfarers
Natasha Nunneley was on target for Banbury at London Wayfarers

Banbury go into Saturday’s South Clubs Women’s Hockey League derby with a stronger squad to choose from than the one they had on the opening day.

Facing a tough trip, Banbury returned from London Wayfarers with a 4-2 defeat in Saturday’s division two fixture.

Despite missing several experienced players, Banbury started strongly. But they fell behind when they were caught on the counter attack despite the efforts of Becca Edwards, Kristina Bull and Lotty Dee-Andrews.

Banbury snatched an equaliser through some good team play, started by recent recruit Emily Hogg and finished off another new Australian signing Nicola Brown. Wayferers quickly responded with another break away goal to lead 2-1 at the break.

Wayferers started the second half strongly and increased their lead. But good link-up play from Lyndsey White and Jenny Marsh led to a short corner which was converted by Natasha Nunneley.

Banbury pushed for the equaliser but were again caught by a quick break by Wayferers.

Banbury II beat Towcester 3-2 in Saturday’s pre-season fixture.

Molly Levene (2) and Helen Robey got the goals.