Leaders are given a scare as Banbury produce best yet

George Brooker looked to have won it for Banbury but leaders salvaged a late point
George Brooker looked to have won it for Banbury but leaders salvaged a late point

Despite seeing his Banbury side thwarted by the leaders, manager Steve Brooker saw plenty of positives.

After three consecutive South Premier Hockey League defeats, Banbury put in their best performance and claimed a point against leaders Spencer in a 4-4 thriller in division one.

Banbury started with a sense of urgency and purpose that has been lacking recently, creating chances from the start. They rocked the visitors when Simon Boardman finished a long pass from Jaz Singh.

But a defensive lapse allowed Spencer an easy route down the middle of the pitch within a minute as Matt Pacey levelled. The visitors took the lead through a Neil Hamilton penalty corner against the run of play.

Banbury won a penalty corner which was slammed home by Josh Nunneley to again level. But the visitors took a halftime lead with a last touch from Ross Watkins.

After the restart, George Brooker completed a sublime move. A cross field aerial pass from Josh Nunneley to Tyson Nunneley saw his pass find Brooker who netted from close range.

The game continued at a frantic pace with Banbury taking the upper hand as Joe Allen scored with only ten minutes remaining. The visitors threw themselves into the attack to gain a penalty corner that was fizzed home by Hamilton.

Right at the end the ball fell to Jonny Stirrup on the top of the visitors D but he saw his shot go wide.