Wellington KB DC v Banbury United Under 18's.
By Del Randall
Banbury United Under 18's earnt a point away at a strong and physical Wellington KB Utd side to extend their unbeaten run to four games. The game had a number of "niggling" challenges which made it difficult to play some decent football. However, Banbury more than held their own and showed they can manage a game of this kind and come away with a result. Banbury were generally the better side throughout and could easily have had the lead several times before eventually scoring. Wellington's keeper made several good saves and kept the home side in it. Ryan MacDonald in particular had several chances saved, but this was a good team effort with the midfield working extremely hard to deny the opposition space and the defence having to be on their guard in keeping the Wellington KB attack at bay, this attack did include the league's second highest scorer, behind our own Ryan, but he didn't get a real chance so the defence did well. Banbury took the lead reasonably early in the second half when a good through ball by Huw Reece sent Ryan away and despite being denied several times earlier made no mistake this time and finished well. The lead was no more than Banbury deserved and it looked like it would be the decisive goal. However, about ten minutes from time Wellington KB were awarded a dubious penalty when one of their players was challenged in the box and went down. The feeling was contact was made with the ball, but the Referee thought differently and pointed to the spot and their player did the rest. Banbury tried hard to find a winner in the little time remaining, but were unable to find one which would have given them a deserved victory. Unfortunately a couple of minutes from time one of their players went in with a very late tackle on Huw Reece which prompted a melee with all players from both sides becoming involved. After, a couple of minutes in calmed down and shortly afterwards the Referee blew for full time.