Puritans pay the penalty but extend unbeaten run

Banbury United's Mark Bell takes on Bishops Cleeve's Jordan Stoddart at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Mark Bell takes on Bishops Cleeve's Jordan Stoddart at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United extended their unbeaten Evo-Stik Southern League run to eight games but dropped two points against Bishops Cleeve in Saturday’s clash at Spencer Stadium.

The Puritans drew 1-1 in the Division One South & West fixture at Spencer Stadium where both goals came in the second half. Louis Joyce gave United the lead but Shane Bumphrey equalised from the penalty spot to leave Mike Ford’s side rueing a missed opportunity.

United enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half without seriously testing keeper Mark Wieczorek. The best chance saw Charlie Wise set Callum White away down the right but Duran Martin failed to convert his cross while Bishops Cleeve put had their best spell just before the break and Billy Jones headed a Jack Horrell corner over.

United were much better after the restart and took the lead five minutes after the resumption when Mark Bell’s short corner routine with Nicholas Kalakoutis saw him cross for Joyce climb high to head home superbly.

Bishops Cleeve equalised in the 71st minute when Jordan Bryan was sent tumbling by the returning Andy Gunn in the area and Bumphreys sent Jack Harding the wrong way from the ensuing spot-kick.

Ollie Stanbridge received a second caution late on and Bishops Cleeve nearly nicked it in stoppage-time when Elliot Kennedy’s 25 yard drive beat Harding but hit the upright.