Hayes & Yeading United 0 Banbury United 1
A Conor McDonagh goal just before half time earned United three points and keeps alive their hopes of a play-off place.
Changes from the Stratford game saw a start for Mark Bell in place of the away and unavailable Tom Winters. Callum White who was ill last week returned in place of Eddie Odhiambo and Conor McDonagh started in place of Manny Duku.
In the 12th minute a Mark Bell cross from the left was headed down in the centre by Ricky Johnson into the path of Conor McDonagh who blasted the ball well over the bar from 10 yards out.
As the mid-point of the half approached Banbury began to have the better of the game and went very close to opening the scoring in the 23rd minute when a Bell corner from the right saw Luke Carnell’s header from 12 yards smash against the crossbar before coming out.
Banbury were now looking much the more likely side to make a breakthrough with Hayes offering little going forward and the goal that they had been threatening would come in the 38th minute when the ball was hooked in from the left by Tom Bradbury and Johnson headed the ball on into the path of McDonagh who struck the ball home from six yards out on the edge of the six yard box down the left.
Hayes & Yeading were better at the start of the second half but generally lacked that final ball and their shooting was very poor. Nevertheless, Banbury were forced to defend competently with the home side enjoying plenty of possession. Hayes best spell came midway through the half and Banbury were indebted to Jack Harding in the 67th minute when he made a great save from Mitchell Weiss in a one-on-one situation with Sahr Kabba then putting the loose ball wide when he should have done better.
Hayes continued to have the better of the half but unable to find a way through, Banbury came away with a very hard-earned three points which with Merthyr Town only drawing at Kings Langley keeps alive their hopes of a play-off place.
Hayes & Yeading United: Danny Boness, Frankie Jones, Josh Chamberlain, Jack Smith, Tom Broadbent, Callum Adebiyi, Leo Donnellan, Ryan Hope (Anthony Edgar 88), Dylan Kearney (Mitchell Weiss 60), Sahr Kabba, Ritchie Whittingham (David Hutton 74). Subs (not used): Cole Brown, Darren Locke.
Banbury United: Jack Harding, Callum White, Tom Bradbury (Jack Self 70), Marvin Martin, Jack Westbrook, Luke Carnell, Zac McEachran, George Nash, Ricky Johnson, Conor McDonagh (Manny Duku 74), Mark Bell (Darius Browne 72). Subs (not used): Eddie Odhiambo, Sam Humphreys.