Banbury United 1 Dunstable Town 2
A disappointing performance from United as league strugglers Dunstable Town earn a deserved three points which takes them off the bottom of the table
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Photo above of Jack Self scoring Banbury's goal courtesy and copyright of Edwin Barson
Manager Mike Ford opted to play Ricky Johnson up front with Charlie Hawtin partnering Luke Carnell at the back. George Nash was ill. There was a starting place for the returning Jack Self.
United went in front in the 12th minute when Conor McDonagh fed the ball out to Tom Winters on the left who took the ball inside before passing low into the centre from close to the by-line with Jack Self knocking the ball home at the near post.
However, Dunstable responded well to going behind. In the 18th minute Banbury gave the ball away needlessly inside their own penalty area and Ethan Lamptey took the ball forward down the left of the area, his shot from a narrow angle was saved by the legs of Niall Clayton in the Banbury goal with the loose ball going up into the air with Luke Carnell coming to Banbury’s rescue by heading the ball over his own bar at the expense of a corner.
However a minute later and Dunstable Town were level when a cross from the left by Andrew Osei-Bonsu was headed home at the far post by Kiran Ogden from eight yards out.
Banbury went close to regaining the lead in the 22nd minute when good build up play involving Jordy Ngathe, Sam Humphreys and Jack Self saw Conor McDonagh’s shot from six yards superbly saved by the diving at full stretch Nick Hayes in the Dunstable goal.
The rest of the half was an equal affair but there were no clear opportunities for either side and it remained 1-1 at the interval.
Changes at the start of the second half saw Elliot Sandy brought on to play up front with Conor McDonagh and Ricky Johnson going back into central defence and Charlie Hawtin taking up his more familiar position of full back in place of Jordy Ngathe.
Six minutes into the second half and Banbury went close when Conor McDonagh did well to make room for a shot from a narrow angle on the edge of the Dunstable penalty area down the right, his shot going just wide of the far post.
As the second half progressed though Dunstable looked as likely, if not more so, than Banbury to find a winner.
On 71 minutes McDonough passed across from a central position ten yards outside the Dunstable penalty area to Tom Winters down the left who took the ball forward and inside the visitor’s penalty area only for his shot to be deflected wide by defender Ben Collins for a corner. From the resultant flag-kick taken by Winters, Luke Carnell rose eight yards out above the Dunstable defence with his header going just inches over the crossbar.
Just 60 seconds later though and Dunstable were in front when Osei-Bonsu went on a great run down the left wing before passing inside to Ryan Young inside who did well to make room for a shot from the edge of the penalty area which was well save by Clayton diving to his left but Peter Kyoto was on hand at the far post to slot the ball home from a narrow angle.
Banbury did go close to finding an equaliser twice within 30 seconds at the 85th minute mark. Firstly a Matt Peake-Pijnen shot from the edge of the Dunstable penalty area was so fierce that the Hayes could only palm the ball up into the air from under the crossbar but the loose ball was cleared by a defender, the ball going back to Peake-Pijnen who returned the ball into the penalty area where Conor McDonagh’s shot from the edge of the six yard box was well saved by Hayes as he spread himself in front of the Banbury striker, the ball deflecting away for a corner.
Over the course of the 90 minutes though there was little between the sides, bearing in mind the respective positions of the two teams, with Dunstable bottom and having only picked up six points all season, it was a fully deserved win for the visitors who showed the sort of fight and commitment that could well keep them in the Premier Division. And as for Banbury they finished with nothing from this game and they couldn't argue about that!
Banbury United: Niall Clayton, Jordy Ngathe (Elliot Sandy 46), Matt Peake-Pijnen, Jack Self, Charlie Hawtin, Luke Carnell, Sam Humphreys (Leam Howards 68), Darren Pond (Graham Bryan 85), Darren Pond, Ricky Johnson, Conor McDonagh, Tom Winters. Subs (not used): Jack Harding, Ryan Macdonald.
Dunstable Town: Nick Hayes, Peter Kioso, Gedeon Okito, Ben Collins, Daniel Trif, Kieran Ogden, Ryan Young (Charlie Black 90), Ty Ward, Arel Amu, Andrew Osei-Bonsu, Ethan Lamptey. Subs (not used): Benn Carter, Aaron Hudson, Casey Harker.