Banbury go into this weekend’s double-header on the back of their first South Premier Hockey League victory of the campaign.
Harry Loxton bagged five goals as fellow strugglers Lewes were thumped 8-2 in Saturday’s division one fixture ahead of the trip to high-flying Spencer and Sunday’s England Hockey Cup third round rie with Canterbury.
It didn’t take long for Banbury to open the scoring against Lewes with Loxton converting two early chances in the opening ten minutes.
The visitors reduced the arrears through Alex Baxter before Ian Reynolds converted from close range to restore Banbury’s two-goal cushion going into the second quarter.
Towards the end of the first half both teams lost discipline, with each seeing yellow.
But it was the visitors who paid when Loxton was brought down in the act of shooting, winning a penalty-flick which captain Steve Campbell converted just before the halftime whistle.
The second half saw Banbury firmly put their foot on the accelerator with Loxton scoring a further three goals in the first ten minutes, scoring one from a near impossible angle on the base line.
That took his tally to nine for the season.
Lewes got a consolation goal through Edward Firth with less than ten minutes to go with a sharp reverse-finish into the side-netting.
At 7-2 the game was already over but there was still time for George Brooker to blast home the eighth goal with only a couple of minutes left on the clock.