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Banbury United and Easington Sports have met four times previously in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup. The first time was in season 1977/78 but that season it was Banbury United Reserves who entered the competition. For the record that season’s First Round match at Addison Road saw United come from behind to win 2-1 with second half goals from Terry Callow and Paul Warrington.
From season 1978/79 to now the Senior Cup has been a first team competition for United. Since then Banbury United and Easington Sports have met three times. The first time was a Second Round game at the Spencer Stadium in January 1980 which saw United win 5-0. It would be over 30 years later before the sides would meet again in the County Cup, this was in February 2011, a quarter-final game at the Spencer Stadium which United won 3-0. The third and final Senior Cup meeting between the sides was just last season, a quarter-final tie at Addison Road when goals from Charlie Wise and Ricky Johnson gave United a 2-1win.
Though this game marks United’s entry into this season’s competition, Easington have had to negotiate three games, beating Woodcote/Stoke Row, Freeland and Bicester United to reach this stage.
Easington currently lead the Hellenic League Division One West table and will be hoping their home defeat to Clanfield on Saturday turns out to be just a temporary blip in their quest for promotion to Premier Division level. United also lost on Saturday in what was a very disappointing performance 3-0 away to Royston Town.
Admission Prices are:
£5 for adults and senior citizens, £3 students, free for Under 16s
Note as this is a cup game and shared gate season tickets and club passes are not valid for this game.
Pitch is looking in good condition – see photo above taken in glorious spring like weather at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium this afternoon
There will be a minute’s silence before the game in memory of former Banbury United Director Mike Cross and United supporter for many years Carol Morris who both sadly passed away recently. See this news item
Tomorrow’s match is sponsored by Bourton Drain Services
It is free to sit in the stand
Hot Food available in the Clubhouse.
Free parking at the ground
The old Chiltern Railway car park on Tramway Industrial Estate is available for use, free of charge. It would be very helpful to the club if local supporters who know their way around were able to use this facility.
Why not have a go on the club’s 50/50 draw! One big prize and this has been around £200 at recent Saturday games – you have to be in it to win it!!
Thames Valley Air Ambulance representatives will be in attendance at the game to collect the cheque resulting from the recent collection held for them at the Stadium. Most will remember the excellent work that they did on the day the pitch was used to land the helicopter to attend a serious incident at an industrial unit close to the ground that delayed the start of the Lowestoft game back in December by an hour.
Ardley United became the first side to go through to the semi-finals after their 3-2 win away to Thame United.
The remaining dates for the other three Quarter-Finals are as follows:
Banbury United v Easington Sports
(Tuesday 12th February)
North Leigh v Kidlington
(Tuesday 12th February)
Oxford City v Oxford United
(Tuesday 5th March)