Plucky United are frozen out

DESPITE controlling the game for long periods, Banbury United lost 3-1 against Arlesey Town in Tuesday’s Evo-Stik League clash at Spencer Stadium.

United were undone by first half goals from James Hatch and Chris Dillon, Drew Roberts added a second shorlty after the restart before substitute Nabil Shariff pulled a goal back late on.

Nathan Abbey was tested twice early on, turning shots from Adeyinka Talabi and Chris Lait around his near post. And from the second corner Talabi’s near post header was hacked off the line by Josh Cook.

But Arlesey took an 11th minute lead when Kenzer Lee’s clearance hit Roberts whose low cross was eventually converted by James Hatch from close range.

Roberts was denied by the woodwork on the half hour mark when his fierce snap shot was tipped on to the upright by Lewis Kidd.

The experienced Abbey again came to Arlesey’s rescue when he tipped Kynan Isaac’s shot around the post and Warren Plowright then saw a shot on the turn saved by the former Northampton Town keeper.

Isaac saw his shot on the turn whistle past the post and Lait shot just wide but Arlesey doubled their advantage a minute before the break when Roberts broke down the right and his low cross was turned in by Dillon.

Three minutes after the restart Arlesey were gifted a third goal when Wayne Blossom’s headed back pass bounced over Kidd and on to the post for Roberts to slip the ball into an empty net.

United continued to pour forward in search of a goal, Lait forced Abbey to turn his free-kick around the post and Isaac headed over. Shariff finally reduced the arrears in the 81st minute, forcing the ball home from close range from Isaac’s low cross.

Another low cross from Talabi was crying out for a touch in the six-yard box and substitute Leon Simpson forced Abbey into action moments after coming on before the keeper denied Shariff.

More on United in this week’s Banbury Guardian.