Bullingdon Warriors 4 - Banbury United 2
By Stephen Norris
Banbury had most of the play but couldn't convert their chances
On a very small pitch that resembled an NFL game due to numerous line markings for different sized pitches, Banbury had lots of chances throughout to have won the game comfortably and even been out of sight in the first half.
The first attempt on goal fell to Banbury after 9 mins when Edward Rogers shot from 10 yards over an open goal following a cross from the right. Further attempts from Nathanael Wakefield, Cameron Woods and Raul Ene narrowly missed or were saved. Bullingdon scored on their only chance of the half midway through. Banbury continued to press hitting the bar and having two shots saved by the keeper. The parent ref twice blew early for half time after 27 and 31 mins and allowed the teams to play on whilst other players were still walking off. 1-0 to home team.
Banbury started the second half strongly with shots by Dylan Manley and Raul narrowly wide of the post, but 5 minutes in Bullingdon scored a second following a long goal kick, again against the run of play, 2-0. Banbury were denied a clear penalty when Raul was ruthlessly flattened on 46 minutes, but they pulled a goal back shortly afterwards when Cameron scored following a Joseph Bennett ball over the defence, 2-1. Again Banbury piled on the pressure - a Dylan shot was saved, Freddie Whitton's acute shot went narrowly wide, Edward Roger's shot was saved in centre of goal, Tom White's shot was parried for a Banbury corner and Nathanael's shot on the turn was saved by the keeper. A pulled Banbury shirt was not given and the home side scored on the break after 62mins, 3-1. Two minutes later it became 4-1 following a clearance over the back line. Banbury quickly pulled a goal back on 65mins when Jake Morgan collected the ball 20 yards out and powerfully shot over the keeper, 4-2.
The referee added 4 minutes for excessive time wasting by the home side, but Banbury couldn't find the net again. Final score 4-2 defeat.
Squad: Ollie Harris, Joshua Buckmeier, Jake Morgan, Oliver Upton, Joseph Bennett, Edward Rogers, Freddie Whitton, Raul Ene, Tom White, Cameron Woods, Nathanael Wakefield, Dylan Manley, Sam Richards.