Banbury United 1 King's Lynn Town 2
A Darren Pond goal midway through the second half is not enough to earn United anything as two first half goals earn Lynn all three points
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With Ravi Shamsi suspended, manager Mike Ford brought Darren Pond into the starting XI with new signing Elliot Sandy having to be content with a place on the bench.
This was a game in which King's Lynn started much the better of the two sides. Though in the 5th minute a Matt Peake-Pijnen throw in from the left was knocked on by Conor McDonagh to Jack Self in a central position who fired over the bar from 25 yards, this was a rare promising move from United as the Linnets dominated the proceedings and passed the ball around well, looking very impressive.
Lynn would take the lead that they deserved in the 25th minute when Peake-Pijnen brought down Cameron Norman inside the penalty area close to the by-line with Michael Clunan making no mistake with the spot-kick competently converting it into the corner of the net to Jack Harding's right.
Nine minutes later and it was 2-0 when a fine pass by Clunan put Norman through down the right with his shot from 12 yards taking a slight deflection before hitting the far post and into the back of the net.
King's Lynn ought to have made it 3-0 five minutes before the interval when a corner from the right taken by Simon Lappin found its way through to Criag Parker who put the ball over the bar from five yards out.
Three minutes into the second half and Lynn were unlucky not to put the result effectively beyond doubt when a cross from the right by Norman was only cleared out as far as Tom Ward whose fierce shot from 10 yards smashed against the cross bar before going over.
However, from this point Banbury were very much improved, finally asking questions of the visitors and they would get their reward for their efforts on 65 minutes when a cross from the right by McDonagh saw Darren Pond's glancing header from ten yards go into the far bottom corner of the net to reduce the deficit to a single goal.
Banbury gave a good go at finding an equaliser in the last twenty five minutes but it wouldn’t come though Lynn could have made the scoreline more emphatic three minutes from time when a cross from the right by Lappin saw Parker's shot from ten yards take a slight deflection before being well saved by Harding.
The end of the game left United supporters wondering how their team could have produced so two contrasting performances in each half.
Banbury United: Jack Harding, Charlie Hawtin, Matt Peake-Pijnen (Tom Winters 41), George Nash, Tom Bradbury, Luke Carnell, Jack Westbrook (Ricky Johnson 46), Darren Pond, Jefferson Louis, Conor McDonagh, Jack Self (Elliot Sandy 77). Subs (not used): Jordy Ngathe, Leam Howards.
King's Lynn Town: Alex Street, Cameron Norman, Simon Lappin (Frazer Blake-Tracy 81), Sam Gaughran, Tom Ward, Ryan Fryatt, Michael Clunan, Ryan Jarvis, Michael Gash, Craig Parker, Ryan Hawkins (Leon Mettam 71). Subs (not used): Toby Hilliard, Eoin McQuaid, Tom Siddons