Cleverly and Moore on mark to end Puritans’ unbeaten run

Ricky Johnson gave Banbury United the lead
Ricky Johnson gave Banbury United the lead

Banbury United slipped to their first Evo-Stik Southern League defeat since August on Saturday.

Frome Town came from behind to win 2-1 at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium in Saturday’s premier division clash.

United lack sparkle and despite taking the lead midway through the first half through Ricky Johnson were beaten by two second half goals from Dan Cleverly and Corby Moore.

Frome had the better of the opening 20 minutes but it was United who took the lead in the 21st minute when Johnson got on the end of a long ball from Jack Wesbrook down the right hand side of the area, got the better of Connor Roberts before hitting the ball home from a narrow angle six yards out into the roof of the net.

The Puritans were better after the start but Frome equalised ten minutes into the second half when a corner from the left taken by Jon Davies was glanced home at the near post by Cleverly.

Fifteen minutes later Frome were in front when a cross from down by the corner flag on the right by Davies was headed back across Jack Harding at the far post by Moore into the far corner of the net.

Once they went behind, United did not look like equalising and though Frome were clearly happy to hold onto the one goal margin, Mike Ford’s side did not threaten. Only in the last few minutes were the visitors put under pressure but they were well organised at the back, defended well and United cannot have any complaints about the points returning to Somerset.