Puritans close the gap on Arlesey with a rare victory

Leam Howards scored his tenth league goal of the campaign at Burnham
Leam Howards scored his tenth league goal of the campaign at Burnham

Banbury United picked up only their second Evo-Stik Southern League success of 2015 with Saturday’s 3-0 victory at basement boys Burnham.

All three goals came in the second half of the premier division clash with Leam Howards, Jordan Green and skipper Luke Cray getting on the score sheet.

The Puritans closed the gap on Arlesey Town, who lost 3-2 against Hungerford Town, and on Frome Town, who went down 3-0 against Hitchin Town.

United started the better of the two sides and as the half developed they dominated proceedings. They created enough opportunities to have been comfortably ahead at the interval but could not find the breakthrough.

After the restart United took control of the game again and Howards broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with his tenth league goal of the season. An excellent cross from the Jacob Daffern was slotted home by Howards from six yards after his initial effort had been saved by Brendan Haslett.

The Burnham keeper kept out a header from Tom Fishwick who got on the end of Kynan Isaac’s corner before Green doubled United’s advantage in the 62nd minute. Isaac took a short free-kick to Green who struck the ball low into the corner of the net.

The woodwork saved United before the visitors wrapped it up in the 70th minute when Daffern’s shot slipped through Haslett’s hands and Cray smashed the ball home from close range via the underside of the bar.