Banbury United 2 Cambridge City 0
Goals from Jack Self and Luke Carnell get Banbury back to winning ways
The first twenty-five minutes of the game were interesting as the two sides tested each other and though Banbury had the better of proceedings, there were few opportunities created by either side. In the 12th minute Conor McDonagh found space on the edge of the Cambridge City penalty area down the left, his shot drifting wide of the far post. At the other end in the 22nd minute Goldy Capela’s low cross from the left by-line from a couple of yards outside the six yard box was put into the path of the incoming Matthew Foy but Luke Carnell was well positioned to block the shot.
In the 27th minute a cross from the right by Callum White fell to McDonagh 15 yards out, his snap-shot, under strong pressure, going wide. However, just three minutes later and United were ahead when a deep cross from Marvin Martin from the left saw Ricky Johnson at the far post rise to head the ball back across goal where Jack Self in the centre 15 yards out chested the ball down and hit a superb left footed volley into the top corner of the net.
Banbury continued to have the better of the game and in the 37th minute a cross in from the left by Johnson found McDonagh 12 yards from goal but former Puritan Dean Snedker in the City goal saved the United striker’s shot with his legs.
Just before half time City’s Emanuel Osei had a battle with Jack Westbrook down the left on the edge of the Banbury penalty area, doing well to get a decent shot in on goal but Carnell threw himself in front of the substitute to block the effort.
Banbury started the second half well. In just the second minute a Marvin Martin free-kick from the right was put to the far post where Carnell headed the ball back across the goal which led to a scramble, the ball then falling to Self but the United goalscorer’s shot from eight yards was well blocked by City defender Jordan Gent.
Two minutes later Johnson took advantage of a slip by Gent a few yards outside the visitor’s penalty area in a central position, the ball bouncing up nicely for the United striker to shoot but Snedker did well to dive low to his left to make the save.
In the 50th minute a Snedker kick down field saw Matthew Foy pick the ball up just inside the Banbury half and he went on a storming run down the middle before passing to the overlapping Harry Norman down the left but his shot from a narrow angle was saved by Harding’s legs at the near post.
After an eventful opening five minutes to the second half, the game quietened down. Banbury always looked in control though and they would get the all-important second goal in the 73rd minute when a corner from the right by Marvin Martin saw Carnell head the ball home from the edge of the six yard box at the far post.
City tried to rally and had their best spell of the game in the final ten minutes. In the 83rd minute Salim Relizani chipped the ball from the edge of the Banbury penalty area on the right into the centre where Foy with his back to goal turned sharply but then failed to connect fully properly with the ball and Harding was able to make the save relatively comfortably. A minute from time a long throw from the right by Norman was headed on by Gent which caused some problems in the Banbury defence, the ball falling to Osei just inside the penalty area but leaning back the City man shot well over the bar.
Overall though this was a fully deserved three points for United in a game they controlled throughout
Banbury United: Jack Harding, Jack Westbrook, Tom Bradbury, George Nash, Luke Carnell, Jack Self (Eddie Odhiambo 66), Callum White, Conor McDonagh (Sam Humphreys 46), Ricky Johnson , Zac McEachran (Darius Browne 79), Marvin Martin. Subs (not used): Mark Bell, Andy Gunn.
Cambridge City: Dean Snedker, Ben Robinson, Paul Cooper, Harry Norman, Jordan Gent, Jordan Williams, Ollie Snaith (Salim Relizani 50), Ross Paterson (Ryan Sharman 67), Goldy Capela (Emanuel Osei 35), Matthew Foy, Darren Foxley. Subs (not used) Charlie Woolfe, Buster Harradine.