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SLCC 1R; Banbury United Leigh-ve it late to progress in cup

Banbury United left it late to squeeze past North Leigh on Tuesday night, scoring a late winner in added time of this Southern League Challenge Cup 1st round fixture.

Giorgio Rasulo scored 93rd minute winner

Banbury went two up inside twenty-four first half minutes through John Mills & Mohammed Ahmed but on the stroke of half-time North Leigh grabbed a glimmer of hope through George Seacole. The goal just before the interval kicked the home side into life, equalising through Ross Edwards before Tyriq Hunte put them ahead for the first time in the game with twenty-five to play.

John Mills levelled the tie once more ten minutes from time before the home side went down to ten men through injury, a last gasp Giorgio Rasulo strike three minutes into added on time then broke the home sides resistance to see the Puritans progress.

SL P; Banbury United in the market for play-off place

Banbury United left it late on Saturday but an inspired substitution paid dividends to take all three points at Needham Market, the win pushing the Puritan’s up into the Southern League Premier Division Central play-off places, and just a point off top spot.

Jon Mills who came on as a substitute with eighteen minutes remaining struck with just five minutes of the game left, it still took a good save late on from United keeper Jack Harding to ensure the points came back to The Spencer Stadium.

Jack Harding

Mike Ford’s this week travel to North Leigh on Tuesday night in the Southern League Challenge Cup first round before heading to Stourbridge on Saturday back in league action.

League table available here: https://www.betvictorsouthern.co.uk/league-table/BetVictor%20Southern%20Premier%20Central/2019/2020/P/

SL; Needham Market v Banbury United match preview + United front man Amer Awadh reveals all

Saturday 5th October 2019
Needham Market v Banbury United
Southern League Premier Division
Bloomfields
IP6 8DA
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

Southern League Premier Division Central (22 teams)

Banbury United 7th

Needham Market 11th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Premier Division Central (22 teams)

Banbury United 17th

Needham Market 11th

 

This game last season:

8th December 2018

Needham Market 3 (Adam Mills, Joseph Marsden, Reece Dobson)

Banbury United 3 (Greg Kaziboni 2, Harry Whitehead)

 

Last six games:

Banbury United:

D 1-1 home v Coalville Town 28th September SL

L 2-0 away v Hednesford Town 17th September SL

D 0-0 home v Hitchin Town 14th September SL

L 1-0 away v Gainsborough Trinity 10th September FA Cup

D 2-2 home v Gainsborough Trinity 7th September FA Cup

W 1-3 away v Peterborough Sports 3rd September SL

 

Needham Market:

W 1-2 away v St Ives Town 1st October SLCC

W 0-1 away v Bromsgrove Sporting 28th September SL

W 1-3 away v Leiston 24th September SLCC

L 4-0 away v Lowestoft Town 21st September FA Cup

W 3-0 home v Ipswich Town 17th September SPC

L 2-3 home v Barwell 14th September SL

 

Amer Awadh

Full Name: Amer Awadh

Age: 22

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 10, although I’m not that fussy as my squad number at Banbury is 12

Most effective position on the pitch: In my opinion as a number 10 or left side of a front three

Daytime job: Student, I’m doing a degree in sports science & coaching

Former clubs: Oxford City, Fanja FC

 

We asked Amer:

 

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

My summer was very good and I wouldn’t say I missed football that much as I still played a lot with friends. I’d say I missed the buzz of match days the most though

Re-signed on for Banbury this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

There was interest from other clubs but I felt that Banbury was the right club for me to develop, and play week in week out. I obviously want to play higher but the most important thing is for me to play, I think we have a very good chance of getting promoted this season

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

I started the first four games of the season where I felt I wasn’t at my best personally, since then I’ve been injured until last Saturday where I played my first minutes for nearly six weeks. It truly has been frustrating for me, but I am hoping I can kick on now, starting on Saturday

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

Expectations for us this season are play-offs minimum, I think we have a very good squad this season so there’s no reason we shouldn’t make them this time round, or even win the league itself. Individually I’d like to score more goals for the team as I do not get on the score sheet often enough

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My biggest influence in football I’d say is my Dad, he is one of the main reasons I play, he used to play and he’s made me love it also

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We have a lot of good players & the belief in the squad is very positive that we can achieve something this season. As a collective every player in our squad will be important for us to do so

Away at Needham Market this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

If Needham have a similar team to last year it will be a very tough game again, from what I recall they were a very well organised side with some very good players

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I’d have to say Roger (Ngaah Bosio), because he’s always moaning about my music in the dressing room!

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

I wouldn’t say I have a typical match day routine, but I always have my headphones in before a game to get me going & ready for the match ahead

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

Most under rated I’d say is Eddie (Odhiambo), probably because he’s the oldest & not blessed with pace but is technically very good

Eddie Odhiambo

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Colin the kit man definitely has the worst dress sense, you should have seen what he was wearing after the game last Saturday!!

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Again this would be Colin, I let him pick a song on my phone for the changing room recently and all the lads started moaning

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

I wouldn’t say there is a game I especially want to win this season, I’d like to win every game. But then maybe Hednesford, I didn’t play there due to my injury but after the game they celebrated like they’d won the league, so it’d be nice to beat them next time

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

After I score a hatrick on Saturday, I want the supporters to buy all the players & staff a drink

Sports Shots would like to thank Amer for his time this week

SL PDC; Banbury United 2-0 Royston Town

Banbury United – 2
Royston Town – 0

17.08.2019

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.

Ricky Johnson secures the points late on

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

Attendance: 405

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Mike Ford:

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SL; Banbury United v Royston Town match preview + Puritan keeper Jack Harding reveals all

Saturday 17th August 2019
Banbury United v Royston Town
Southern League Premier Division
Banbury Community Plant Hire Stadium
OX16 5AB
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Premier Division Central (22 teams)

Banbury United 17th

Royston Town 10th

 

(This season’s) League standings after 2 games:

Southern League Premier Division Central (22 teams)

Banbury United 12th

Royston Town 1st

 

This game last season:

20th October 2018

Banbury United 0

Royston Town 1 (James Potton)

 

Last four games:

Banbury United:

D 1-1 home v Nuneaton Borough 13th August SL

D 0-0 away v Redditch United 10th August SL

L 3-4 v Oxford City (Oxfordshire Senior Cup Final at Oxford City FC) 30th April

L 1-2 home v Hitchin Town 27th April SL

 

Royston Town:

W 0-5 away v Biggleswade Town 13th August SL

W 3-0 home v Alvechurch 10th August SL

W 1-0 home v Barwell 27th April SL

W 0-2 away v Hitchin Town 22nd April SL

 

Jack Harding

Full Name: Jack Matthew Harding

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Marital status: Engaged

Preferred shirt number: 1

Most effective position on the pitch: Goalkeeper

Daytime job: Electrician

Former clubs: Ardley United

 

We asked Jack:

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

I had a really good summer, including an amazing trip to Santorini for a relaxing break. The first couple of weeks it is nice to have a break, but yes definitely miss it and look forward to pre-season starting again

Re-signed on for Banbury this summer, what influenced your choice?

It was an easy decision for me, my home town, the team, the management, the board and the amazing supporters we have here. The manager wants us to play in a certain way which is very exciting for me to be a part of

How do you feel pre-season & the early league games have gone for you personally so far?

I missed the first part of pre-season as I was on holiday but since I’ve been back I feel like I’ve got straight back in to it and have loved being back with the team. Lots of hard work in training and I have really enjoyed it

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

I think I speak for myself and the whole squad, we believe we can make the playoffs

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My older brother Michael. We walked to primary school together playing football, walked to secondary school together playing football, all we did was play football. We had a five aside pitch less than a minute walk from where we lived growing up, that’s where my love for the game started

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We have a lot of belief in each other and what we are capable of achieving as a team. We’ve had a few new additions this season that have slotted straight in to the group, great characters and even better players

Home to Royston this week, do you know anything about them?

They’re usually quite physical and direct. They’ve had a great start to the season so will be coming to us full of confidence so it will be a tough game but one we know we can win

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I would say I could be up there? Especially when there’s running involved or my team loses in training

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

I’m a bit superstitious about being superstitious. If we are on a good run I try and do the same things before games, things like drinks and the amount of times I touch the cross bar before kick-off. So I don’t have a set routine

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

Jack Westbrook (Westy) I rate very highly, just think there a lot of things he does on the pitch that people don’t notice

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Mark (Timbrell) the physio

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere?

Leeds United followed by the other teams in our league

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on match day, and why?

Liam Shea our goalkeeping coach. Simply because I don’t want to hear him rap alongside John Barnes ever again!

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

Would be nice to have a good run in the FA Cup this year

Finally, after you’ve saved three penalties on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

A San Miguel and a pack of pork scratchings

Sports Shots would like to thank Jack for his time this week

SL P; Redditch United v Banbury United preview + manager Mike Ford’s thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 10th August 2019
Redditch United v Banbury United
Southern League Premier Division Central
Trico Stadium
B97 4RN
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Premier Division Central

Banbury United 17th

Redditch United 15th

 

This game last season:

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Redditch United 2 (Brendon Bunn, Shaquille Leachman-Whittingham)

Banbury United 0

 

Last four games:

Banbury United:

L 3-4 v Oxford City (Oxfordshire Senior Cup Final at Oxford City FC) 30th April

L 1-2 home v Hitchin Town 27th April SL

D 1-1 away v Alvechurch 22nd April SL

D 1-1 home v Bedworth United 20th April SL

Redditch United:

W 3-1 home v Leiston 27th April SL

L 0-1 away v Halesowen Town 22nd April SL

W 3-1 home v Hitchin Town 20th April SL

L 0-1 away v St Ives Town 13th April SL

 

Mike Ford

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Mike Ford to ask how much time he’s had away from football to relax, & forget the game during the summer:

The period between the end of last season and the beginning of pre-season flew by. Recruiting players, preparations for the upcoming campaign as well as conversations with all the current players ate into my perceived time away so time off, no none really! Relax and forget? If this has happened, I can’t remember it!

When did pre-season training begin, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers?

We started on July the fourth, the session was well attended and the players as you can imagine were keen to go having had the best part of ten weeks away from football

How has it been signing on players, and have United lost many that have upset their plans?

Signing players, whether it be in the season or summer-time, is the most difficult part of the job. We had a few loan players who went back to their clubs, one player left to take up a scholarship in America and two players departed, I have brought in the best part of half a dozen players which I felt needed to be done to freshen the whole group up. I did sign one player who was more than happy to be quoted on our website expressing his pleasure at agreeing to sign for Banbury United, but I haven’t seen him since and he is currently playing for someone else

How has pre-season been in terms of results & performances?

It’s been excellent, the players have really bought into the way of playing that has been introduced and they are enjoying themselves. Results are not key at this stage; the performances are the reason that during the season games will be won and lost. Overall our performances have been good; the highlight being the game at Brackley & then the most disappointing the home second half showing against Swindon Supermarine. There is still work to do and we are a long way from the finished article

Do United still have players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?

The squad is by and large completed although we are still tracking players and one or two may still come in

With the first game of the season on Saturday how does Mike view the game?

Yes, the new season is almost upon us, we are away at Redditch where we were easily beaten last season. They have a new manager who I’m sure will be hugely looking forward to it. My team will be ready and if our focus is on the performance then results will always take care of themselves

At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?

Targets can get in the way at times and the day to day business can get lost, but it’s also important that we know and understand what we are looking to achieve over the course of forty-two games

Finally, are there any games this season he is particularly looking forward to?

All of them! The first one is important, the first home one equally so and the Christmas period

Sports Shots would like to thank Mike for his time this week

2019/2020 Southern League Fixtures released

The 2019/2020 Southern League fixtures were released on Friday morning, all subject to change at this stage.

 

Banbury United:

Banbury begin on Saturday 10th August away at Redditch United, then just three days later host Nuneaton Borough at the Spencer Stadium.

For the full list of Banbury fixtures use this link: https://www.betvictorsouthern.co.uk/fixtures/BanburyUtd/2019/2020/p

 

Aylesbury United:

Aylesbury begin on Saturday 17th August by hosting Corby Town, followed three days later by a trip over to newly promoted Wantage Town.

For the full list of Aylesbury fixtures, use this link: https://www.betvictorsouthern.co.uk/fixtures/AylesburyUtd/2019/2020/P

 

Thame United:

Thame begin on Saturday 17th August away at Bedford Town, then on the following Tuesday evening they host North Leigh at the ASM Stadium.

For the full list of Thame fixtures use this link: https://www.betvictorsouthern.co.uk/fixtures/ThameUtd/2019/2020/P

 

SL: Banbury United squad for 2019/2020 shaping up

Banbury United have confirmed several players that have either re-signed ahead of the 2019/2020 season, or joined the club which include two coming in from Brackley Town Saints.

Mike Ford

United manager Mike Ford gave the low down on those committing to the new campaign:

Manager Mike Ford has confirmed two new players joining from Brackley Town Saints, goalkeeper Alastair Worby and central midfielder James Watts.

Commenting on the signings Mike says

“Alastair is someone who has done very well at Brackley Town Saints and has provided excellent cover for the first team. He is a very motivated individual who will be desperate to be the number one this season.

Alastair Worby

James is a young player who has spent his whole career in senior football at Brackley Town Saints where it would have been very easy for him to have remained. He has taken the plunge to sign for us which show the lad’s ambition and desire to achieve success for himself and ultimately our football club.”

The players are looking forward to the challenge:

Alastair said “ I’m thankful to Mike Ford and the club for giving me the opportunity to play for Banbury United. Looking forward to the challenge ahead and to push the club forward”.

James said “I’m looking forward to joining a new team and competing at a higher level. Thanks to Mike for getting me over to Banbury, looking forward to the upcoming season and testing myself!”

James Watts

We welcome Janes and Alastair to the club.

In addition Mike has confirmed that the following players from the squad that ended the 2018-19 season have also agreed to sign for 2019-20. Jack Harding, Charlie Hawtin, Lee Henderson, Ricky Johnson, Ryan Macdonald, George Nash, Eddie Odihambo, Giorgio Rasulo and Charlie Wise. Mike’s comments on these players are as below:

Jack Harding: Jack has had an up and down season due to returning to the club in pre season not fully fit then sustaining a wrist injury during the season, which held him back. Jack has been fantastic for this club, it’s not about what he has done but what he will be doing in the future for us.

Charlie Hawtin: Charlie has had his injury issues this season restricting his appearances and run in the team. It wasn’t too long ago he was marauding down the touchline and I’m sure with the right conditioning over the summer it won’t be too long until we see it again.

Lee Henderson: Lee is a fantastic player who suffered with injuries which included missing a few weeks through concussion as well as pelvic issues which we manged to eradicate after Christmas. A fully fit Lee Henderson will be a huge asset to this club

Ricky Johnson: Ricky is a captain who leads by example, giving his all every week. Again Rick suffered in pre season with Achilles problems and was a late starter into the season. He, I am sure, is determined as the rest of us to produce our best all next season week in and week out and if we can keep Rick fit and fresh i have no doubts this will happen.

Ricky Johnson

Ryan McDonald: Ryan has a great attitude and worked very hard with the first team squad to develop and improve this year which he has done. Next season can be an exciting one for a very decent talent.

George Nash: George has been fabulous for this football club and despite having a season that didn’t match his expectations in 2018-19 he is looking forward hugely to re-establishing himself to be the first name on the team sheet that he has been over the last three years. I am looking forward to working with George again next season and seeing him develop into an even better player.

Eddie Ohdiambo: Eddie fulfilled his duties last year with admirable professionalism. When called upon to play he showed all his experience and composure. In training he was full of bright ideas and this year he will take on extra responsibilities regards the coaching of the squad.

Giorgio Rasulo: Winning the Players’ Player of the Year Award at any club will tell you everything you need to know about Gio. He has fabulous ability but also a great attitude to go with it which made him a key player in the squad last season.

Charlie Wise: Charlie was appointed vice captain this year when more experienced players were overlooked. He gives his all at training and during games and as the season wore on his performances had maturity written all over them.

Charlie Wise

Looking at the squad in general Mike said “The football club has been very active since the completion of the season. Firstly to encourage our current players to re-sign for the upcoming campaign which has up to this point been very successful, including Amer Awadh signing on contract, and secondly recruiting away from the club has also been very busy with Jack Westbrook of course already having committed to us for next year. We are waiting on others to give their answers in the near future and as soon as we have positive news to bring we will let supporters know.”

Edmund Hottor and Matt Richards are not staying with the club.

2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.

 

Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.

 

Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.

 

Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.

 

Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

SL; Banbury United 1-2 Biggleswade Town

Banbury United – 1
Biggleswade Town – 2

23.03.2019

Banbury United were left broken hearted late on Saturday afternoon as a ninety-seventh minute strike took the points back to Bedfordshire, two goals in the opening ten minutes of this Southern League fixture had threatened an afternoon of entertainment at the Spencer Stadium on Saturday however from that point the game failed to deliver as it turned into a midfield battle with very few scoring opportunities created at either end. After the opening frenzy the fixture deteriorated into a series of niggly fouls, plenty of on pitch verbal’s, the ball being thumped either out of the ground or back towards the benches for being under inflated & injuries that needed lengthy treatment, so when the board indicated an additional five minutes were to be played as the clock rolled over the ninety no one was surprised, however that five turned into seven and in that added time just at the hosts thought they’d done enough to share the spoils, Town scored their winner courtesy of substitute Liam Brooks to leave the home supporters and players aggrieved to say the least but after the game United manager Mike Ford told Sports Shots that he felt his players couldn’t have given any more during the game & had not deserved that late sucker punch.

Biggleswade took the lead in the fourth minute when a corner curled in took a couple of deflections out to Matt Ball who from twelve yards out rifled into the top corner, the visitor’s then went almighty close to doubling their lead on ten minutes when Solomon Nwaboukei did well down the flank before feeding a clever pass through for Joe White to hit first time and at point blank range Puritan custodian Jack Harding got some part of his body behind it to block, from the clearance Amer Awadh was released down the left wing where cutting in towards the box he played a smart one-two with Ravi Shamsi before pulling the ball across the face of goal where sliding in at the back post captain Ricky Johnson slid in to equalise.

Ricky Johnson equalised for Banbury

The hosts saw a free kick lifted into the area where Shamsi sliced his first effort up in the air and as it came back down to him he fired over the Town crossbar, ahead of Matt Taylor who was enjoying some early freedom out on the flank getting a cross onto the head of Johnson who outjumped his marker but he could only flick wide, and a clearance played long for Shamsi to chase down saw Sam Donkin in the Town goal advance and almost get caught out by the lively front mans attempted lob however he was close enough to back pedal and gather with both hands; Johnson showed his value at both ends of the pitch on twenty-six minutes when a superb chip from the edge of the box eluded Harding and defenders on the front post but on the line the skipper headed away.

A United attack broke down in their guests half which saw Shaun Lucien sent on the counter attack and after travelling forty yards he slid through the red backline to White who despite the back four calling for offside was allowed to go through on goal, again Harding came out and got something on the shot to deflect it up and over the top. Matt Berry-Hargreaves on his Banbury debut got forward and went for glory from twenty-five yards but fired high over the crossbar, a late Shamsi free kick out wide curled in saw a Wader’s defender fling himself at the cross but miss and Donkin had to throw himself away to his right to save the ball from going straight in. H/T: 1-1

Biggleswade celebrate late late winner

It took twelve minutes in the second period for the first real chance when Nwaboukei stole possession in midfield and played in White who flashed his effort across the goal face and inches wide of the far upright, the consequence of his landing saw White having to have treatment before being stretchered off with an ankle problem. Lucien was next to try his luck from distance but he got is angles all wrong and could only slice away from the intended target, the flow of the game was constantly interrupted as the half wore on, substitutions and further injuries to Awadh saw Greg Kaziboni introduced to the action but his power & pace were well marshalled by the visitor’s backline, his best chance came when he was sent straight down the middle of the pitch with a marker on his shoulder, he did well to get into the penalty area and shoot, the ball sailed wide to which the referee awarded a corner much to David Longe-King’s bemusement.

A Town corner was headed clear but fell nicely for Ball to hit on the volley but he got under it and lifted high & wide away from goal, as time ticked over into extra added time a Biggleswade attack saw some pinball inside the Banbury area and a red shirt throwing himself in front of the ball to spin out for a corner, danger cleared it seemed. However the set piece was swung deep into the back post where Johnson headed out, on the edge of the box Ball cushioned into the path of Brooks who hit it first time through a sea of bodies into the opposite bottom corner. F/T: 1-2

Attendance: 400

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Mike Ford to discuss the game & look ahead to next season:

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