Promotion chasing Chesham United came from behind to inflict back-to-back Evo-Stik League Southern defeats on Banbury United.
Chesham won Saturday’s premier division contest 2-1 with all three goals coming in the first half at Spencer Stadium, where Inih Effiong grabbed the winner and Wayne Blossom was dismissed.
Adeyinka Talabi gave United a sixth minute lead, heading home an inswinging delivery from Ben Polk via the upright after keeper Shane Gore got his hand to the ball.
But the lead lasted just three minutes as Steve Wales pounced on a loose ball to find the bottom corner of the net with a fierce drive from the edge of the box. Within a minute, the dangerous Wales almost gave Chesham the lead when he flashed a snap shot wide.
In between, United had a couple of decent chances. Talabi somehow kept the ball in but chose to shoot from a tight angle rather set-up Albi Skendi and then dragged another effort across the face of goal.
But Chesham took the lead two minutes before the break when the unmarked Effiong got on the end of a long ball into the box to beat Warren Carter from close range.
Bruce Wilson should have increased Chesham’s lead shortly after the restart but his close range effort was blocked while Wales saw his free-kick tipped over by Carter.
United went close when Polk got around the back of the Chesham defence but saw his shot from a tight angle flash across the face of goal. Blossom got a straight red in stoppage-time for a rash challenge on Dave Fotheringham which all but ended any hopes of United snatching a late equaliser.