Banbury United Under 18's got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory over Gornal First Youth Under 18's. Banbury were affected by illness and suspensions and it was a case of putting out the fit 11 and adjusting the formation to accommodate this. Banbury started well and looked to create chances, but were a little frustrated in their efforts. Gornal had obviously done their homework and the leagues top scorer Ryan MacDonald was marked very tightly with one of the opposition instructed to just follow Ryan. However, it was Banbury who had the ball in the net when Dan Lydon thought he had scored, but it was ruled out for offside. Gornal grew into the game more as the first half went on and actually hit the bar on one occasion, but no side was able to break the deadlock so it remained 0 - 0 at half-time. The second half saw Banbury continue to work hard to find a way through the Gornal defence and we were all hoping no one would pick up an injury leaving us further stretched. Josh Wynne, Dan Lydon and Ryan MacDonald all had chances to score, but were denied by the opposition goalkeeper or shots just going wide. The game had become full of a few little "niggles" when Huw Reece won the ball and set off on a run down the left when he was clearly shoved off the ball by a Gornal player. This player had been warned about some challenges and then booked in the first-half so the Referee had no choice to show him the red card. It was now a case if Banbury could make use of the extra man and go on to win the game. Will Dee who was Banbury's only sub, and himself not 100% fit, was sent for the final ten minutes and Banbury changed formation to try and create a winner. It was nearly a instant success as Will Dee nearly scored with his first touch, but just couldn't find the target. However, he was to make no mistake the second time when after some excellent play on the right by Ryan MacDonald, who took out two defenders with a delightful move, sent over a cross and Will Dee finished well. To be honest it was no more than Banbury deserves as Gornal did not really look like creating any clear cut chances themselves. Banbury United have now sit 11th in the league of 39 teams and have played a few of the top sides and have three of the top six sides to play in our next run of games, including the league leaders.
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