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Banbury United
Thatcham Town
L Carnell (43'), D Pond (47')
Full time
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - Cup

Banbury United 2 Thatcham Town 0

United reached the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, for the second consecutive season, with goals from Luke Carnell and Darren Pond a couple of minutes either side of the interval giving them a 2-0 win.


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United reached the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, for the second consecutive season, with goals from Luke Carnell and Darren Pond a couple of minutes either side of the interval giving them a 2-0 win.

This is the first time that Banbury United have reached the Third Qualifying Round in consecutive seasons since 1976/77 and 1977/78, 40 years ago!

It was a tight first half with few chances. United did have a good little spell at the quarter of an hour mark. Firstly a Tom Winters shot from a narrow angle on the left was deflected over the bar by Thatcham defender Michael Miller and then a good run in from the left by Conor McDonagh saw him stab the ball just the wrong side of the far post as Chris Rackley in the visitor's goal came out to narrow the angle.

On 28 minutes a Thatcham corner from the right taken by Tom Melledew saw former Puritan Henry Owen find the space to hit a fierce volley from 15 yards but his effort though impressive looking didn't have the direction to trouble Jack Harding in the Banbury goal.

Five minutes later, the visitors were indebted to a decent save by Rackley to keep them on level terms when McDonagh was put through on goal down the right by a powerful header from Luke Carnell from inside his own half, the custodian saving the United striker's effort with an outstretched leg.

Though chances had been few and far between, Banbury would break the deadlock two minutes before the interval when a Tom Winters free-kick from half way inside the Thatcham half down the left was put to the far post where Luke Carnell rose to head home from ten yards back across goal into the far top corner of the net.

Two minutes into the second half and United supporters could breathe a lot easier as a Winters corner from the right saw Darren Pond knock the ball home from the edge of the six yard box to make it 2-0.

Thatcham had a couple of good spells in the game after going 2-0 down but Jack Harding in the Banbury goal didn't have to make any saves of note

United could have made the scoreline more emphatic a quarter of an hour from time when a free-kick from wide on the right by Ravi Shamsi saw Jefferson Louis get his head to the ball first six yards out but the United striker was unable to extend his 8 game scoring streak, the ball going just over the bar.

So it is everyone associated with United who will be eagerly anticipating the Third Qualifying Round draw at lunchtime on Monday.

Banbury United: Jack Harding, Charlie Hawtin, Matt Peake-Pijnen, George Nash, Jack Westbrook, Luke Carnell, Jack Self (Ravi Shamsi 53), Darren Pond, Jefferson Louis (Ricky Johnson 81), Conor McDonagh (Leam Howards 81), Tom Winters. Subs (not used): Tom Bradbury, Jacob Blackstock, Marvin Martin.

Thatcham Town: Chris Rackley, Michael Miller, Curtis Angell, Tom Melledew, Bab Jarra, Henry Owen, Joe Blount, Harrison Bayley, Shane Cooper-Clarke, Josh Helmore, Jemel Johnson. Subs (used): Ekho Elliott, Anthony White, Mark James. Subs (not used): Lamin Sankoh, Tom Browne, Dylan Knight, Tom Moran.

Attendance: 450

Key moments

43:00
Goal Luke Carnell scores for Banbury United
47:00
Goal Darren Pond scores for Banbury United

Highlights

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81:00 Sub On
Ricky Johnson is substituted on for Banbury United
81:00 Sub Off
Jefferson Louis is substituted off for Banbury United
81:00 Sub On
Leam Howards is substituted on for Banbury United
81:00 Sub Off
Conor McDonagh is substituted off for Banbury United
53:00 Sub On
Ravi Shamsi is substituted on for Banbury United
53:00 Sub Off
Jack Self is substituted off for Banbury United
47:00 Goal 2 - 0
Darren Pond scores for Banbury United
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 1 - 0
Luke Carnell scores for Banbury United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Banbury United
  • Thatcham Town
  • 0
  • Luke Carnell Goal 43:00'
  • Darren Pond Goal 47:00'
  • Ravi Shamsi Sub On 53:00'
  • Jack Self Sub Off 53:00'
  • Ricky Johnson Sub On 81:00'
  • Jefferson Louis Sub Off 81:00'
  • Leam Howards Sub On 81:00'
  • Conor McDonagh Sub Off 81:00'

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