Banbury returned from newly-promoted Basingstoke with a 6-2 defeat in the South Club’s Women’s Hockey League.
Banbury settled well in the division two fixture, maintaining possession and putting the Basingstoke defence under a lot of pressure. But against the run of play Basingstoke capitalised on the turnover and broke quickly to score from the top of the D.
Banbury struggled to settle back into their game and Basingstoke took the opportunity to apply the pressure and double their advantage.
Banbury worked tirelessly to build the play and regain possession. They were eventually rewarded when a shot from Vicky Page was deflected on to the post but Nicola Brown put home the rebound.
Basingstoke again worked the ball down the middle of the pitch and a quick pass to a high forward and a shot off gave them a 3-1 lead at halftime.
With a change in formation, Banbury started the second half positively and linked up well to work the ball up the pitch. Great movement up front from Natasha Nunneley and Brown created several opportunities which were halted by the Basingstoke keeper.
Again, Basingstoke broke quickly and made it 4-1 before adding a fifth goal from a penalty stroke. Banbury kept working hard with Becca Edwards working the ball quickly out of defence, linking up well with Sam Humphreys.
Quick movement from the forwards won Banbury a short corner with Natasha Nunneley scoring. But Basingstoke had the final word with their sixth goal.