Double-header will be a big challenge

Sadie Lapper will be looking for a good response in double-header
Sadie Lapper will be looking for a good response in double-header

Banbury face a double-header as they look to get back on track in the South Clubs Women’s Hockey League.

Two home games in as many days will test Banbury as they take on Brighton & Hove in Saturday’s division two clash and 24 hours later they entertain Epsom in Sunday’s rearranged fixture.

But Banbury go into the weekend’s double-header on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Spencer where they failed to recover from a poor first half performance.

As expected, Spencer came out strong threatening Banbury’s formation. The lively pitch enabled Spencer to take advantage of miss-traps and simple errors, capitalising with quick penetrations into the D to break the deadlock with a well executed short corner routine.

Banbury worked hard to regain focus but another quick break found a Spencer player hovering on the post to convert with a strong deflection. Spencer continued to be aggressive in their play but Lauren Woodwiss and Hayley Nunneley stood their ground and battled through to distribute the ball well.

Spencer took another opportunity to increase their advantage just before the break.

With key objectives discussed at the interval, Banbury showed some good patterns of play early in the second half. They continued to try to support their players and created space with well timed running from Tasha Nunneley which won a short corner and Charli Price reduced the arrears.

Based on previous performances, Banbury should have been able to continue to play their game. But Spencer somehow unsettled Banbury’s style of play and prevented any further attacks.

Excellent work rate in the middle of the pitch from captain Samantha Humphreys thwarted further Spencer infiltrations. But Banbury were unable to get back into the game.