Banbury United – 2
Royston Town – 0
Banbury United secured their first win of the new season with a goal in the first & final minute from John Mills & Ricky Johnson respectively, sandwiched between the other ninety-five minutes were two red cards for the visitor’s which saw them play seventy-five minutes with ten men, and the remaining eleven minutes of time with nine. A game lacking in clear cut chances almost had a second for the hosts just a minute after their first, from there neither side really tested either keeper & it took a last gasp second to seal the game much to the relief of the home faithful.
Barely sixty seconds on the clock saw Johnson in the centre circle lay into the path of Mills for him to advance into the box and slot past Town keeper Joe Welch into the bottom corner, moments later the same player fed Amer Awadh to race into the area but this time Welch got down well to block with his legs. Royston were reduced to ten men on the quarter hour mark when Harold Joseph lunged into a tackle on Johnson with the referee showing no hesitation in reaching for his red card, despite the advantage United never really threatened again before the break apart from a long range effort from Giorgio Rasulo.
After the break Royston looked much livelier but again failed to break down a resolute red backline, the closest they came saw a break down their right fizzed across the eighteen yard line where incoming Scott Bridges thundered a shot off a Banbury defender Jack Westbrook which wrong footed Harding but rolled a yard or so wide of his left hand post. With eleven minutes remaining Royston were reduced further when defender Ed Asafu-Adjaye got caught in possession by Banbury substitute Jannai Gordon, the pair committed to a crunching tackle to win the loose ball and as the Puritan looked set to get away the former Luton Town Wembley winner kicked out and again the referee did not hesitate to flash a straight red.
As the board went up to signal an additional six minutes of play the tension rose as the home side tried to keep the ball in their opponents half as long as they could, the points finally sealed in that final minute when Charlie Hawtin won the ball out on the right & knocked through to Johnson just inside the box, with the white defence all out of position a desperate challenge from Gus Scott-Morriss was in vain as the front man kept his cool before slotting home. F/T: 2-0
Please Note: If you use any of our material or images, please ensure you credit sportsshots.org.uk