Banbury United’s nine-match unbeaten Evo-Stik Southern League run cam to an abrupt end at Winchester City on Saturday.
The Puritans slipped to their first Division One South & West defeat since the opening day of the season as they were thumped 4-0 by City.
United went behind in the sixth minute when a mistake presented an excellent chance for Jamie Barron and he beat Jack Harding from 15 yards. United went close when Zac McEachran’s corner caused problems in the six-yard box but Ricky Johnson’s shot was hacked off the line.
City doubled their advantage a minute before the break when some poor defending allowed Barron in on goal and he struck the ball fiercely from ten yards into the top corner.
The rerturning Jack Westbrook replaced Charlie Wise at halfime and United improved after the restart, a McEachran free-kick saw the ball only cleared as far as Leam Howards but he shot over the bar. And any hopes of comeback were ended on the hour mark when Warren Bentley volleyed home from 20 yards.
Four minutes later Bentley was set up by Dan Cann and he made no mistake striking the ball home from eight yards for his second goal. Bentley should have completed his hat-trick late on but he was denied by Harding who brought off an excellent save from close range.
United went close when McEachran put Johnson through, his shot was saved by Brendon Norris and the ball came back to McEachran whose effort was kicked off the line.
Now manager Mike Ford will have to pick his players up for Wednesday’s trip to long-time leaders North Leigh.