Men's Cup produces giantkillings

Banbury celebrate scoring during the EH Trophy Final.

The first round of the England Hockey Men’s Cup threw out some interesting results with a number of giantkillings taking place this past Sunday.

Cannock, the only Men’s Hockey League Premier Division side to enter the draw at this stage ensured they were not one of those to fall, putting in a professional display to see off Oxford Hawks 5-1.

Banbury, newly promoted to the South Premier Division pulled off one of the results of the round, dumping Conference North outfit Olton and West Warwicks out 5-4. The Oxfordshire side led 4-1 at the break thanks in part to a brace from Harry Loxton and although Olton rallied with a strong second half display, it was Banbury who held on.

Didsbury Northern also accounted for a Conference North side, holding their nerve after a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Hallam to win the penalty shootout 4-2. The other Steel City club, Sheffield University Bankers, who won the Men’s Trophy last season, continued their love affair with England Hockey’s knockout competitions with a 5-3 win over Doncaster.

Havant, also a South Premier Division side accounted for Conference East outfit Oxted whilst the three all Men’s Hockey League ties went the way of Brighton, Chichester and University of Birmingham.

With the draw for the next round featuring the Premier Division sides there are some mouth-watering ties.

Banbury’s reward for their efforts is a home tie against Conference East side Teddington. Holders Reading travel to Havant whilst last year’s runners-up Surbiton will make the journey to Chelmsford. Hampstead and Westminster take on Brighton. Premier Division outfit Canterbury will face Sussex club Lewes, who are coached by Canterbury midfielder Stuart Goodman.
Cannock have a tricky trip to University of Birmingham and Brooklands have a home tie to look forward to. Lindum have the big clash they dreamed of, welcoming star studded Beeston to Lincolnshire.

Round 2 draw in full:

Banbury v Teddington
Barford Tigers v Lichfield
Brooklands MU v Boots
Chelmsford v Surbiton
Chichester Priory Park v Team Bath Buccaneers
City of Peterborough v Norwich City
Didsbury Northern v Preston
Guildford v University of Cambridge
Hampstead & Westminster v Brighton and Hove
Havant v Reading
Henley v Southgate
Lewes v Canterbury
Lindum v Beeston
Plymouth Marjon v Robinson's
Sheffield University Bankers v Sutton Coldfield or Berkswell & Balsall Common^
University of Birmingham v Cannock

Ties take place 1 November 2015.

^ Match being played on Sunday 3rd October

For details of all the draws and rounds in the cup this season click here.