Loxton completes hat-trick as Banbury win vital derby

Banbury's Steve Campbell takes on Oxford Hawks Jack Biggs
Banbury's Steve Campbell takes on Oxford Hawks Jack Biggs

Banbury head to London Wayfarers for Saturday’s South Premier Hockey League fixture on the back of a welcome three points.

Harry Loxton completed a hat-trick as Banbury beat Oxford Hawks 3-1 in Saturday’s division one clash. That took Loxton on to 14 goals for the campaign and Banbury will be looking to leapfrog Wayfarers who are one place above them and two points better off this weekend.

Basement-boys Staines beat Wayfarers last weekend while Banbury drew away form the relegation zone following defeats for Lewes and Henley.

Hawks drew first blood with a simple push into the goal at the far post for Kit Cutter but Banbury won a penalty corner which Loxton converted with a rebound shot off the keeper.

Banbury continued to pressure Hawks and within five minutes it was Loxton again who despatched a great reverse-stick strike into the roof of the net.

The second half saw Hawks come back at Banbury hard, putting pressure on the home defence who held firm with keeper Scott Reynolds making a series of great saves from a string of penalty corners.

The midfield unit led by the hard working and inspirational Steve Campbell dominated play and possession and turned the game over to pressure the Hawks’ defence. Midway through the half Barney Williams intercepted a clearance, slipped the ball to Loxton who despatched another sharp shot into the Hawks’ goal to complete his hat-trick and seal all three points.