Puritans are left with plenty to do in second-leg

Jacob Walcott missed a penalty for the Puritans at Buckingham Athlletic
Jacob Walcott missed a penalty for the Puritans at Buckingham Athlletic

Banbury United have got to turn around a two-goal deficit if they are to get through to the Buckingham Charity Cup final.

The Puritans lost 2-0 at Buckingham Athletic in Tuesday’s semi-final first-leg tie.

The South Midlands League Division One side scored in each half at Stratford Fields where United should have gone ahead in the 16th minute. Jacob Daffern was brought down inside the area but Jacob Walcott saw his spot-kick saved by Andy Hammond.

Ten minutes later it was the home side’s turn at taking a penalty after a handball offence. This time the spot-kick was converted, Matt Cruise showing United how it should be done.

The nearest United came to equalising was in the 33rd minute when Aaron Weston’s corner was met by Nathaniel Lewars six yards out but his header went into the ground and bounced up over the bar.

United were better in the second half and seven minutes after the restart Luke Cray’s throw-in went through to Lewars just eight yards out but he blasted his shot well over the bar.

With a quarter of an hour to go Daffern shot just wide from 12 yards and with two minutes of normal time left Marvin Martin’s shot from 25 yards went just inches over the bar. But in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Athletic grabbed the crucial second goal when a cross came in from the right and Phil Martin was on hand to strike the ball home.