Gunn fires Puritans to a late point to extend unbeaten run

Andy Gunn grabbed a late equaliser for the Puritans at Cinderford
Andy Gunn grabbed a late equaliser for the Puritans at Cinderford

Andy Gunn grabbed a late equaliser to earn Banbury United a 3-3 draw at Cinderford Town in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash.

The Puritans were trailing 3-1 in the closing stages of the Division One West & South clash but hit back to earn a 3-3 draw.

United got off to the worst of starts going behind in the fifth minute when Ethan Moore beat Jack Harding from the edge of the area. United responded well and a 25 yarder from Callum White tested Alex Harris.

But United equalised in the 28th minute when excellent play down the right from the impressive White earned United a corner and ZacMcEachran’s ensuing flag-kick found Mark Bell just inside the area and he made room for himself to find the bottom corner of the net.

United were indebted to Harding for keeping them on level terms when he denied Kieran Dovey after he had broken through.

Shortly after the restart Howards forced Harris to save well from six yards but just before the hour mark Cinderford regained the lead when Garyn Preen beat Bradley Partner before crossing for Moore to knock the ball home from close range.

Moments later Moore went close to completing his hat-trick when he fired just wide from the edge of the rea. But Moore was not to be denied in the 70th minute when Gunn handled in the area and he comfortably converted the ensuing spot-kick.

Duran Martin flashed a shot just wide from 20 yards and Bell fired over the bar but with five minutes to go United reduced the arrears when Leam Howards burst through, a Cinderford defender kicked the ball against United’s leading goalscorer and it rebounded into the net.

Bell was denied by Harris but United equalised in the 87th minute when Gunn pushed up for a set-piece and fired the ball into the top of the net from six yards.