Banbury manager Steve Brooker will be looking for a strong response from his side when they entertain Henley in Saturday’s South Premier Hockey League clash.
Brooker could only look on as Banbury were given a harsh reality test in their opening division one fixture on Saturday, losing 7–2 at south London based outfit Spencer.
Visiting a strong side in the first game was always going to be a stern test. A better measure for the season ahead will come against Henley.
Pegged back after Rory Marsh opened his account, Banbury struggled to impose their own style on the game. With the team struggling to put together cohesive moves under pressure, the visitors put in an error strewn first half performance.
Further goals from Marsh (2) and Tom Clarke Knowles saw Banbury 4-0 down by halftime and in danger of sinking without trace.
The second half was a much more balanced affair as Banbury began to meet some of the pre-season potential even after the set back of another early goal. Veteran Richard Foreman shows no sign of his losing his flair and pulled back an open play goal 15 minutes into the second half.
But with Harry Brooker dropping out of the defence with another suspected collar bone fracture, two further goals were conceded despite more promising work by Banbury across the field as Marsh completed his hat-trick.
But Banbury last season’s poor penalty corner routine has been addressed when the slick new moves which they have been practicing ended with Kyle White firing home.