Ladies 1s v Banbury 28.01.17 Match Report

OHC L1s 1-4 Banbury: South League Div 2

OHC L1s played Banbury at home on Saturday, and the game was closer than the scoreline might suggest. Banbury started the game strongly, with some aerial balls finding their players up front, and they were first to score after a goal-line scramble. The game was pretty even after that point, with chances for both teams, until Banbury won a flick which Emma Henriksen, who had a great game in goal, came close to keeping out. Oxford then rallied, and a great ball in from Beth Williamson was slotted home by Christy Barnard to make the score 1-2 at half time. It was nearly 2-2 after a Meg Scott deflection went agonisingly wide.

Oxford started the second half the stronger, with Amy Litchfield and man of the match Floor Timmer going close, but Banbury then won another flick which they duly converted and Oxford received a yellow card for their troubles, but played well with 10 men showing good composure on the ball – Williamson, Scott, and Jess Upjohn linking well down the left. Banbury got on the end of an OHC clearance towards the end of the game and finished it to make the final score 1-4, despite a hard-working, spirited performance for Oxford who travel to Epsom next week hoping for some points.

Scorer: Christy Barnard

MOM: Floor Timmer