‘A pleasing day’ as unbeaten Puritans win again

Andy Whing labelled Banbury United’s second-half display at Darlington as the “best of the season so far” as their superb start to life in the Vanarama National League North continued.
Morgan Roberts heads off to celebrate after scoring Banbury United's winner in their 2-1 success at Darlington. Pictures courtesy of Banbury United FCMorgan Roberts heads off to celebrate after scoring Banbury United's winner in their 2-1 success at Darlington. Pictures courtesy of Banbury United FC
Morgan Roberts heads off to celebrate after scoring Banbury United's winner in their 2-1 success at Darlington. Pictures courtesy of Banbury United FC

The Puritans fell behind to a fine strike from Jack Lambert in the first half before Morgan Roberts equalised five minutes before half-time.

And Roberts grabbed what proved to be the winner 12 minutes into the second half when he headed home Ben Acquaye’s cross.

Newly-promoted United remain unbeaten after four games and sit in second place in the early standings with 10 points from those matches.

The Banbury players applaud the travelling fans after their victory at DarlingtonThe Banbury players applaud the travelling fans after their victory at Darlington
The Banbury players applaud the travelling fans after their victory at Darlington

“Performance-wise, I thought we were absolutely outstanding,” manager Whing told Puritans Radio.

“We started off a little bit slowly, which is understandable after a long journey but the pitch was so slow so it didn’t really suit us.

“We put ourselves under pressure a few times in the first half with our own decision-making.

“They scored a really good goal out of nothing but the second-half performance is the best we have had so far this season.

“We totally dominated, it could have been three or four in the end. They have had a late chance but other than that, they didn’t really have anything.

“I thought we were fantastic in the second half. To have one fit sub again, this team just produces unbelievable performances.

“It’s a really, really pleasing day for us.”

Banbury will now be preparing for a bank holiday weekend double-header which sees them host Hereford on Saturday before travelling to Leamington next Monday.