Johnson hits a hat-trick as Puritans go fourth

Banbury United's Duran Martin bagged a brace in Tuesday's victory at Burnham
Banbury United's Duran Martin bagged a brace in Tuesday's victory at Burnham

Ricky Johnson’s third hat-trick and a brace from Duran Martin has taken Banbury United up to their highest position so far in the Evo-Stik Southern League.

The Puritans completed the double over Burnham, romping to a 5-0 victory in Monday’s Division One South & West clash to go fourth.

United took the lead after just 34 seconds with Martin striking the ball into the bottom corner from 15 yards. A minute later Leam Howards saw his close range shot saved by Samuel Gray.

Martin went close, firing just wide from 20 yards but Burnham should have equalised in the 20th minute when a corner from the left was not cleared and Calum Ferguson screwed his shot wide.

United doubled their advantage in the 26th minute when Howards raced into the box and was impeded by Alex Dimitrijevic. The defender was shown the red card and Johnson converted the ensuing spot-kick.

United increased their lead in the 38th minute when Callum White raced down the right before crossing low for Johnson to strike the ball into the roof of the net via the bar, which the striker hit moments later.

United added a fourth goal in the 65th minute when Howards headed the ball on for Johnson to beat Gray and complete his third hat-trick of the season.

United’s final goal came in the 79th minute when Zac McEachran’s corner fell to Martin just outside the box and the midfielder struck a superb half volley which flew into the far corner of the net. United finished the game well on top with Gray denying Martin while Darius Browne shot just inches wide.