A LATE winner from Sammy Igoe sent Banbury United home empty-handed from Tuesday’s Evo-Stik League Southern clash at Gosport Borough, where Edwin Stein’s side lost 3-2.
Missing Jack Ashton, Warren Plowright and Marvin Martin through one-match suspensions, and work commitments accounting for another two players, Edwin Stein brought in Martin Hutchox, Chris Jackson from Woodford United and Albi Skendi from Oxford City.
It was United’s first game since beating Stratford Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup three weeks ago but they started well with Kynan Isaac and Adeylinka Talabi causing problems on the left without the end product.
Borough opened the scoring in first half stoppage-time when, against the run of play, they broke away and Justin Bennett slid the ball home. United equalised four minutes after the restart when Harold Agyeman-Prempeh sent Tom Lorraine away and he drew the keeper before slipping the ball past him and into the far corner from 15 yards.
Six minutes later United took the lead when Isaac raced down the left and crossed to Talabi who slotted the ball home from 12 yards for a well-worked goal.
Gosport started to work their way back into the game and it was no surprise when they equalised in the 67th minute with a precise near post header from Danny Smith after a left wing cross eluded Krzysztof Zylzki’s despairing dive as it went in the top corner.
The game had ebbed from end to end for most of the contest and it could have gone any way. But true to this season’s form, United let it slip in the 90th minute when Igoe converted from 15 yards to send the visitors home with nothing to show for their efforts.