Banbury will be looking to get back on track at rivals

Banbury's Aveline Cruckshank pursues Wimbledon's Kerry Bean
Banbury's Aveline Cruckshank pursues Wimbledon's Kerry Bean

Banbury will be looking to bounce back when they make the short trip to Oxford for Saturday’s South Clubs Women’s Hockey League fixture.

Wimbledon inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Banbury, running out 2-1 winners in Saturday’s division two fixture.

Facing a team relegated from division one last term, Banbury started positively, attacking the Wimbledon defence within moments of the whistle, Vic Coombs and Tasha Nunneley penetrated into their D.

Movement across the pitch from Banbury soon created gaps within the Wimbledon press. Hayley Nunneley fired a well-timed pass through the middle of the pitch to Tasha Nunneley, who found Aveline Cruikshank waiting in the D to open the scoring.

Wimbledon forced their way through the Banbury defence and won a short corner but their initial score was disallowed to leave the hosts ahead at halftime.

After the restart, Wimbledon began strongly but captain Sam Humphreys held her ground in the middle of the pitch. Both teams showed some good patterns of play but Banbury were unable to capitalise on some good opportunities, failing to convert a series of short corners.

Wimbledon made the most of the let-off, creating chances and soon found the backboard, drawing level. Banbury were guilty of failing to execute basic skills and the visitors pounced on simple errors, putting pressure on the home side.

Despite some confident drives down the pitch from defenders Julliet Gardner, Serena Goodhart and Holly Johnson, Wimbledon soon intercepted a ball on the top of the D to take the lead. Banbury had some late chances they were unable to convert and Wimbledon held on to take the points.