Banbury United’s slim hopes of Evo-Stik Southern League survival got even slimmer after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at title chasers Corby Town.
The Steelmen won it with goals from Jamie Anton and skipper Cleveland Taylor either side of the break in a game they dominated against a Puritans side low on confidence.
United rarely troubled keeper Paul Walker who was finally beaten by Jacob Walcott’s stoppage-time penalty which came too late to matter. Results went United’s way, so it is a case of as you were in the relegation zone but one less game for Paul Davis’s side to get the points they need to have any chance of getting out of trouble.
Brad-Lee Gascoigne headed a Greg Mills’ free-kick wide and top scorer Spencer Weir-Daley volleyed over while the closest United came was when the recalled Nathaniel Lewars cut into the box and shot over.
The Steelmen broke the deadlock six minutes before half-time. Leigh Bedwell turned Elliott Chamberlain’s shot around for a corner from which Anton converted Stephan Morley’s delivery.
The Steelmen doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart. Bedwell failed to control Luke Cray’s over-hit back pass and his clearance only found Taylor on the edge of the area and he returned the ball into the net past the stranded keeper.
Weir-Daley was just off target before Walker tipped over Hicham Abdellah’s shot as United briefly threatened. United grabbed a consolation five minutes into stoppage-time after Herve Pepe-N’Goma had brought down top scorer Leam Howards and Walcott converted the ensuing spot-kick.