Banbury United 1 Biggleswade Town 1
By David Shadbolt
United have to settle for a point as a late goal from Robbie Parker cancels out a Luke Carnell header
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it was a very disappointing first half of football. Biggleswade had the better of the 45 minutes and at least had a couple of efforts on goal. In the 20th minute a Greg Kaziboni shot from 20 yards had Jack Harding in the Banbury goal scrambling across his goalline but the effort went just wide into the side netting. Then four minutes later a long punt down field by Biggleswade goalkeeper Craig Daniel and with the chase on Liam Brooks got ahead of Banbury's Luke Carnell but the central defender did very well to get a block in on the Biggleswade striker's shot from 12 yards out and deflect it away for a corner.
Such was the fayre disappointing that the main talking point was the aerial challenge on Charlie Wise by Jack Bowen in just the fourth minute which forced the Banbury defender to leave the field with facial injuries and take no further part in the game, for which the match referee decided no action should be taken against the Biggleswade man.
Banbury were better early in the second half and both sides showed a little more promise in being able to break the deadlock. And it was in a good spell for Banbury just after the hour mark that they would do so.
The 63rd minute would see the start of three corners in quick succession for United. The first one from the left saw Luke Carnell's header look bound for the top corner but Craig Daniel in the Biggleswade goal did very well to palm the ball away for another corner. This one, again from the left ,was knocked away for yet another corner this time from the right and on this occasion Winters' flag kick saw Carnell's header punched away by the goalkeepr but it came back to the United central defender who headed it into the net to Banbury 1-0 up.
Banbury looked relatively comfortable from this point and went close to extending their lead in the 69th minute when a Paul Stonehouse shot from the edge of the penalty area saw Daniel tip the United full back's shot over the bar for a corner.
But Biggleswade conjured up an equaliser in the 84th minute, a rather messy goal but they all count when Tony Burnett's low cross from the left on the edge of the six yard box a yard inside the goal line saw Robbie Parker bundle the ball home from close range and earn the visitors a point.
Banbury United: Jack Harding, Jordy Ngathe, Paul Stonehouse, Jack Self, Charlie Wise (Tom Bradbury 7), Luke Carnell, Anthony Wright, Jack Finch, Ricky Johnson, Stephane Ngamvoulou (Elliot Sandy 53), Tom Winters (Leam Howards 66). Subs (not used): Amer Awadh, Sam Humphreys.
Biggleswade Town: Craig Daniel, Tyler Walker, Lucas Perry, Reece Fielding,Nathan Hicks, Connor Hall, Greg Kaziboni, Robbie Parker, Jack Bowen (Tony Burnett 67), Liam Brooks, George Bailey (Luca Allinson-Statham 90). Subs (not used): Mark Coulson, Taishan Griffiths, Jordan Patrick