Banbury travel to Brighton & Hove for Saturday’s South Club’s Women’s Hockey League on the back of a remarkable victory over London Wayfarers.
Tash Nunneley and Sadie Lapper struck twice as Banbury emerged 5-4 victors over fourth placed Wayfarers in Saturday’s division two fixture.
Banbury were behind four times in the nine-goal thriller as they leap-froged London Wayfarers to go third ahead of this week’s trip to the south coast.
Wayfarers converted an early short corner but Banbury hit back and, after a pass was intercepted, the ball was played across the attacking D and Tash Nunneley equalised with a superb reverse-stick goal.
Banbury settled down and tried to play the hockey which they had produced in earlier games but Wayfarers restored their advanatage with a shot from the top of the D across goal.
Banbury maintained their composure and kept playing patient hockey until a gap appeared, high speed transferring between Hayley Nunneley and Juliet Gardner set up Ali Sturla who scored with deflected shot from the top of the D.
The London side refused to back down and once again got their noses in front before halftime.
After the restart, a great ball down the line found Tasha Nunneley in the D, her shot was stopped on the line, resulting in a penalty-flick which Lapper calmly converted to make it all square again.
After a period of tough play with constant turnovers by both teams, Wayfarers went in front for the fourth time. But Banbury were determined not to be beaten by the London side and Lapper equalised when she rounded the keeper to score.
Not content with a point, Banbury went for all three and Tash Nunneley completed her hat-trick late on to put Banbury ahead for the first time in the match and the hosts were not going to give up their advantage.
A short corner was successfully defended with five minutes to go as Banbury held on for a remarkable victory.