Banbury United booked their place in the last four of the Oxon Senior Cup on Tuesday but they had to overcome the shock of going behind at Kidlington before winning 2-1 with goals from Chris Lait and Kynan Isaac.
A much changed United side found themselves a goal down in the sixth minute when Jack Dunmall picked up the ball just inside their half and was allowed to run into the area where he beat keeper Aaron Bodger who replaced the injured Warren Carter.
The UHLSport Hellenic League outfit almost doubled their advantage ten minutes later when a poor kick by Bodger went straight to Dunmall whose shot from the edge of the area looked destined for the top corner of the net until the keeper redeemed himself by tipping the ball around the post.
United got back on level terms in the 20th minute when Lait’s free-kick from just outside the area went through the wall and into the bottom corner of former Puritan keeper Matt Dixon’s net.
Three minutes later United went in front when Isaac’s overhit cross finished up hitting the far post before deflecting back off the woodwork and into the net.
United almost increased their lead on the half hour mark when Ryan Plowright’s 25 yard shot had Dixon scrambling to his left to push the ball away.
Kidlington hit back with Tom Boxer missing a good chance from close range before Scott Bridges received a straight red card for a rash challenge.
Despite the numerical advantage in the second half Kidlington did not have many opportunities apart from a late effort from the impressive Dunmall which Bodger comfortably saved.