Johnson grabs late equaliser for the Puritans

Banbury United earned a point at leaders North Leigh thanks to Ricky Johnson's equaliser
Banbury United earned a point at leaders North Leigh thanks to Ricky Johnson's equaliser

Ricky Johnson grabbed the late equaliser as Banbury United came away from North Leigh with a point in Wednesday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash.

The Puritans had to play second fiddle in the early stages of the Division One South & West contest at Eynsham Park which finished 1-1. But, having weathered the early storm United began to work their way into the game.

North Leigh had an early chance on the break when Keiran Sanders shot over the bar before United survived a scramble in the area. But North Leigh took a deserved lead in the 36th minute when Sanders struck the ball superbly well from 20 yards into the top corner of the net.

Going into halftime, United had failed to threaten the home side, with North Leigh keeper James Foster untroubled.

But United improved after the restart. George Nash forced Foster to tip the ball away for a corner and Johnson broke into the area before crossing to the incoming Darius Browne at the far post but he blazed over the bar from six yards.

United continued to create chances, on the hour mark Johnson shot just wide from the edge of the area and a corner from Zac McEachran was headed just over by Charlie Wise.

Michael Hopkins went close to doubling North Leigh’s advantage in the 75th minute when he hit the post but two minutes later a short corner routine saw McEachran exchange passes with Browne and his low cross was struck home by Johnson from close range.

Both sides went for the win in the closing stages. North Leigh had the better of it but some good defending and competent keeping earned United a deserevd point to take into Saturday’s trip to AFC Totton.