Banbury United Under 18's v Brackley Town Under 18's
By Del Randall
A "local derby", players " familiar" with each other and a good deal of "respect" for each other, this was never going to be a "classic" game of football and so it turned out. Both teams struggled to find any fluency early on, but it was probably Banbury who were just edging it and the pressure they were applying was evident from the number of corners they were winning. However, Banbury had nothing to show for their efforts and Brackley took advantage of this by scoring twice in the first half. The first was taken when being put through their player fired in the opener. Shortly afterwards they added a second when another of their players was allowed time to turn and shoot into the net. Banbury did rally and the number of corners they were winning eventually paid off. A corner from the right was headed towards goal by Will Dee, but was saved by the keeper, but Will reacted quickest to put the ball in so we went in at half-time very much still in the game. Banbury started the second half well looking for the equaliser. However, Brackley did come more into the half and Charlie Barnett in the Banbury goal had to make a few good saves to stop a third going in which would have given Banbury a mountain to climb. Towards the end of the game Banbury had chances with probably the closest of these Josh Wynne's back header which narrowly missed the post. In the end Brackley held out for a narrow 2 - 1 win and the lads will need to bounce back in their FA Cup tie against Kidlington on Thursday.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.