Lamb is the saviour to seal cup final win for Banbury

Dave Clark completed a hat-trick in the final
Dave Clark completed a hat-trick in the final
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Banbury won the Hockey Associations National Men’s 2nd XI Plate following a dramatic shoot-out final victory over Bedford.

Kit Lamb made the crucial save in the shoot-out after Banbury came back from 3-0 down in the final.

Adam Knibbs gave Bedford the lead which Rich Hamilton soon doubled and a sweeping counter-attack ended with Adam Seward applying the finish for number three.

Banbury had two efforts cleared off the line, one from Max Grosmith which the Bedford left-back deflected wide.

After the break Banbury reduced the arrears with a penalty corner from Matthew Bull. Ady Simons and Tyson Nunneley stamped their authority in midfield and linked well with the excellent Ashley Laverick who won several short corners.

A well worked penalty corner set up Dave Clark who made no mistake. With four minutes remaining Clark repeated the trick with the same corner routine to equalise.

In the shoot-out, Pete Fannon saved from Adrian Simons but Steve Adams fired over. Fannon saved from Tyson Nunneley but Lamb also saved and Laverick scored.

Hamilton missed for Bedford before Clark slotted home and Wilson’s effort was saved by Lamb to seal Banbury’s comeback and the cup.