GOALS in each half from Marvin Martin and Wayne Blossom earned Banbury United a 2-1 victory at Bideford in Saturday’s Evo-Stik League Southern clash.
Bideford began the Evo-Stik League clash well and should have taken an early lead when Sean Downing was put through, his lofted shot went over Lewis Kidd but wide of the upright. United worked their way into the game and went close a free-kick from Martin was headed just over by Blossom at the near post.
As the half developed the game became more even with both sides playing positively looking for the breakthrough. A good run by Harold Agyeman-Prempeh ended with a shot from Ryan Plowright being deflected over before United took the lead in the 33rd minute when a long throw from Albi
Skendi came off a defender and Martin struck the ball into the corner of the net.
Martin had an excellent chance to double United’s lead five minutes before the interval when he broke through but, with just Tim Sandercombe to beat, his shot was saved by the keeper.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw Bideford have a couple of long range efforts but they were well off target although Downing had a good effort that went just over.
United got the vital second goal on the hour when Plowright put Adeyinka Talabi through, he was thwarted by Sandercombego but the ball fell to Blossom who found the back of the unguarded net from 25 yards.
Bideford pushed forward in an attempt to get back into the game but some battling defending with new signing, ex-West Ham United academy player Kenzer Lee, combining well with George Allen at the centre of defence.
United could have added a third goal in the 77th minute when a move involving Skendi and substitute Chris Lait set up Martin but Sandercombe made a good save. Two minutes later Blossom set up Lait but again Sandercombe came to the home side’s rescue.
In the fifth minute of stoppage-time Matt Andrew reduced the arrrears with a shot from just inside the area with virtually the last kick of the contest.
More on United in this week’s Banbury Guardian.