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Banbury United
Stratford Town
E Sandy (15' Pen), R Johnson (45'), L Howards (47'), A Awadh (75')
Full time
L Connor (13' Sent Off)
Thu 12 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Attendance 302

10 Man Town beaten at Banbury

Goalkeeper Louis Connor sent off after 13 minutes

Report by Kevin Hand Photos by Paul Grant

Attendance: 302

* April is the cruelest month…..

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This was very much a game to forget for Town on a disappointing evening at the Puritans’ stadium. It was £5 admission all round in a bold move to lure a decent crowd on a cold, damp, inhospitable evening. The pitch was in very good order and allowed free-flowing football.

Neither side had much to play for and both were under strength. Grocott was still not available for Town and Stephens was on the bench. Evans and Taylor started replacing Fry and Luckie. Banbury kicked off towards the Sutton end and the opening exchanges gave no hint of what was to come.

The match was effectively settled on 13 minutes when Town goalkeeper Louis Connor was sent off. A routine long ball landed just inside the Town area; there was hesitation; Connor failed to collect the ball cleanly; was robbed by Elliot Sandy; and then brought down the striker. Penalty and red! Connor departed and Evans was substituted so Fry could take over in goal. Sandy converted the penalty with ease.

This series of events seemed to galvanise Town as they went on to have the best of the goal opportunities in the first 45 minutes. On 25 minutes Taylor burst through the middle and his perfectly weighted pass found Ahenkorah in on goal. The luckless striker saw his shot take a slight deflection crash against the upright and rebound to safety. Before the half ended Taylor was to have two chances. Put through by Bako on 33 minutes Taylor saw goalkeeper, Jack Harding, beat away his fierce shot. Just before the half ended Taylor again broke clear only to shoot wide. This had been preceded by simplest of goals from Banbury when a cross from the left found Johnson unmarked and he made no mistake.

The second half saw Banbury dominate possession with the impressive wing backs, Stonehouse and Ngathe, testing Town’s equally combative pairing of Thomas and Summerfield. On 47 minutes it was Ngathe’s cross that lead to a ‘head tennis’ in the Town box with Howards supplying the finishing touch. Banbury wrapped things up on 74 minutes with a classic striker’s goal. Played through and one on one with the experienced defender Andy Gallinagh, Amer Awadh twisted and turned at pace before delivering the killer shot.

A disturbing run of results for Town In what is proving to be a testing end to the season. Next up: Biggleswade, Saturday 14 April 3.00pm at Langford Road.

Man of the Match: Mike Taylor – pacey and persistent

• April is the cruelest month. (T.S.Eliot’s The Waste Land)

There’s more than one English poet!

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

13:00
Red Card Louis Connor is sent off for Stratford Town
15:00
Scored Penalty Elliot Sandy scores a penalty for Banbury United
45:00
Goal Ricky Johnson scores for Banbury United
47:00
Goal Leam Howards scores for Banbury United
75:00
Goal Amer Awadh scores for Banbury United

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Michael Taylor is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
88:00 Sub Off
Ricky Johnson is substituted off for Banbury United
88:00 Sub On
Ryan MacDonald is substituted on for Banbury United
82:00 Sub Off
Elliot Sandy is substituted off for Banbury United
82:00 Sub On
Anthony Wright is substituted on for Banbury United
75:00 Goal 4 - 0
Amer Awadh scores for Banbury United
73:00 Sub On
Stephane Ngamvoulou is substituted on for Banbury United
73:00 Sub Off
Leam Howards is substituted off for Banbury United
60:00 Sub On
Jaz Luckie is substituted on for Stratford Town
60:00 Sub Off
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted off for Stratford Town
57:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Hancocks is yellow carded for Stratford Town
47:00 Goal 3 - 0
Leam Howards scores for Banbury United
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ricky Johnson scores for Banbury United
End of period 1
31:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Summerfield is yellow carded for Stratford Town
15:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Elliot Sandy scores a penalty for Banbury United
14:00 Sub Off
Charlie Evans is substituted off for Stratford Town
14:00 Sub On
James Fry is substituted on for Stratford Town
13:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Louis Connor is sent off for Stratford Town
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As it happened

  • Banbury United
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Louis Connor Red Card 13:00'
  • Charlie Evans Sub Off 14:00'
  • James Fry Sub On 14:00'
  • Elliot Sandy Scored Penalty 15:00'
  • Daniel Summerfield Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Ricky Johnson Goal 45:00'
  • Leam Howards Goal 47:00'
  • Jamie Hancocks Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jaz Luckie Sub On 60:00'
  • Leam Howards Sub Off 73:00'
  • Stephane Ngamvoulou Sub On 73:00'
  • Amer Awadh Goal 75:00'
  • Elliot Sandy Sub Off 82:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub On 82:00'
  • Ricky Johnson Sub Off 88:00'
  • Ryan MacDonald Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Connor, Louis Connor, Louis
Summerfield, Daniel Summerfield, Daniel
Gallinagh, Andy Gallinagh, Andy
Bako, Eli Bako, Eli
Francis, Liam Francis, Liam
Thomas, Lee Thomas, Lee
Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlie
Hancocks, Jamie Hancocks, Jamie
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Taylor, Michael Taylor, Michael
Marsden, Justin Marsden, Justin
Stratford Town
Banbury United
  • 1. Jack Harding
  • 2. Jordy Ngathe
  • 3. Paul Stonehouse
  • 4. George Nash
  • 5. Tom Bradbury
  • 6. Charlie Wise
  • 7. Amer Awadh
  • 8. Jack Finch
  • 9. Ricky Johnson
  • 10. Leam Howards
  • 11. Elliot Sandy
  • 12. Ryan MacDonald
  • 13. Anthony Wright
  • 14. Sam Humpreys
  • 15. Stephane Ngamvoulou
  • 16. Charlie Barnett

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13. Frome Town 46 61
14. Redditch United 46 55
15. Stratford Town 46 55
16. Biggleswade Town 46 53
17. Merthyr Town 46 53
18. Bishop's Stortford 46 52
19. Dorchester Town 46 51

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