Johnson takes second chance to earn the Puritans a point

Banbury United's Conor McDonagh takes on Biggleswade Town's Gavin Hoyte and Ian Rees

Banbury United's Conor McDonagh takes on Biggleswade Town's Gavin Hoyte and Ian Rees

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Banbury United go into Monday’s clash at Cambridge City looking to extend their Evo-Stik Southern League four-match unbeaten run.

But the Puritans will look back on two dropped points in Saturday’s 1-1 premier division draw with Biggleswade Town at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

United did enough to have taken all three points but in the end only took one thanks to Ricky Johnson’s second half penalty which cancelled out Inih Effiong’s first half opener. Johnson has earlier seen another spot-kick saved by Ian Brown who performed well throughout for the visitors.

United went behind in the fifth minute when a cross from Effiong sailed over Jack Harding and into the top corner of the net.

The Puritans responded well to have much the better of the remainder of the half but missed a glorious opportunity to equalise on the stroke of halftime when a handball offence by Russell Short saw a penalty awarded but Johnson’s spot-kick was saved by Brown.

United went close just two minutes after the restart when a corner from the right saw Andy Gunn’s header smash against the bar. But United equalised in the 55th minute when George Jeacock was impeded by Callum Lewis and this time Johnson beat Brown from the ensuing spot-kick.

United went on to have the better of the second half with Biggleswade defending well. But they could not find a way past Brown and had to settle for a point.