Swindon Supermarine 1-1 Banbury United
By Steve T
FA Trophy – United have to try again after late Marine equaliser
Banbury United face a replay in the Buildbase FA Trophy following Saturday's draw in the first qualifying round draw at Swindon Supermarine.
It had been a hot summer's day when the teams met in Swindon's pre-season tournament in August; it was literally the polar opposite on Saturday, with added rain too.
Lee Henderson returned to the centre of defence to allow Ricky Johnson to play up front with John Mills; Steve Diggin was absent celebrating his recent wedding and Harry Whitehead cup-tied having played for Kidlington in the previous round.
Banbury started the stronger and Giorgio Rasulo drew a good save from the ever popular Big Kev Sawyer now between the sticks at Swindon.
The home team gradually came into the game and Banbury were grateful to Manny Agboola for turning away a Luke Williams shot low to his right. The resulting corner fell perfectly to Ryan Campbell on the edge of the box and his powerful drive was parried away by Agboola.
Greg Kaziboni looked dangerous on the right and it was good to see Johnson and Mills linking up front. The latter fired over after a good move but then set up Rasulo inside the box and he side-footed home off the left hand upright to give Banbury the lead just before the break.
Swindon came out looking for an immediate equaliser after the interval and created more chances than Banbury with former Puritan Conor McDonagh coming closest with a cross shot as the home team turned on the pressure. At the other end Jack Self's lobbed shot looked innocuous but Sawyer needed to stretch to turn it over the bar.
It looked as if Banbury would hold on for the win as Swindon's efforts were fizzling out but with four minutes remaining Bradley Gray was given too much space outside the box and he fired home high past Agboola's outstretched left hand to square things up.
Deep in injury time and Banbury might have won it after great work by Kaziboni on the right saw the ball pulled back to Mills but he couldn't take the opportunity to open his Banbury account, shooting wide of the left hand post when well placed.
Swindon: 1. Kev Sawyer, 2. Dan Williamson, 3. Zak Westlake, 4. Joe Shepherd, 5. Babz Jarra, 6. Matt Williams, 7. Brad Gray, 8. Luke Williams, 9. Stuart Fleetwood (c), 10. Conor McDonagh, 11. Ryan Campbell (12. Joe Selman 46').
Subs not used: 14. Dave Bampton, 15. Brad Hooper, 16. Kieran Diaz-Benitez, 17. Matt Coupe.
Banbury: 1. Emmanuel Agboola, 3. Marvin Martin, 5. Charlie Wise, 7. Charlie Hawtin, 8. Jack Self (11. Mark Bell 85',) 9. Ricky Johnson (c), 13. John Mills, 14. Lee Henderson, 16. Gregory Kaziboni, 18. Giorgio Rasulo, 20. Jack Finch.
Subs not used: 4. George Nash, 12. Amer Awadh, 15. Eddie Odhiambo, GK Charlie Barnett.
Banbury Man of the Match adjudged by Puritans Radio – Marvin Martin
Photo: Giorgo Rasulo (out of picture) scores off the post for United
From the Swindon Supermarine website (Jeff Youd Photography).