Point for plucky Puritans but they lose more ground

Leigh Bedwell kept a clean sheet for Banbury United at Biggleswade Town
Leigh Bedwell kept a clean sheet for Banbury United at Biggleswade Town

Banbury United picked up a point in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League stalemate at Biggleswade Town but, with relegation rivals Arlesey Town winning at Chesham United, the gap opened further.

The Puritans need to try and get above Arlesley but they now trail the Bedfordshire side by seven points and Biggleswade by 11 points although they have a game in hand over both teams.

United started the better of the two sides in Saturday’s premier division clash but despite having more possession it took a goal line clearance from Tom Ryan to keep out Ollie Thorne’s effort and a double point blank save from Leigh Bedwell to thwart Lee Alinson.

The firm pitch and strong wind made it difficult for both sides but Biggleswade looked the more likely to break the deadlock. David Hutton shot just wide from the edge of the area and Bedwell did well to smother a shot from Allinson low down to his left.

After the restart, United enjoyed their best spell. Hicham Abdellah shot wide from outside the area, Leam Howards’ shot was tipped around the post by keeper Ian Brown and Kynan Isaac cut into the box before unleashing a fierce shot which went just over the bar.

Biggleswade had the better of the remainder of the contest but United nearly won it in the closing stages, Brown did well to tip a shot from substitute Darius Browne around the post and in stoppage-time Abdellah’s free-kick led to a scramble in the area but Biggleswade survived.