Roberts hits late winner to sink the Puritans

For the second week running Banbury United were undone by a late goal as they lost 2-1 at St Neots Town in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash.

New signing Guy Tahin gave the Puritans the perfect start with his first goal for the club but Lewis Hilliard equalised and Drew Roberts grabbed the late winner.

United started well in the premier division fixture and went ahead in the tenth minute when Duran Martin’s free-kick fell to Tahin who fired past Paul Bastock to open his account. After withstanding some pressure United went close again when Darius Browne shot just wide from the edge of the area.

In the 20th minute Roberts came close when he flashed a shot just wide of the far post but moments later Tahin hit the outside of the post with a shot from just inside the area.

St Neots stepped up their game and equalised in the 35th minute when a cross from the left was headed home at the far post by former Puritan Hilliard. Just 45 seconds later Ben Mackey had the ball in the net but the effort was disallowed for offside.

The second half was less eventful with St Neots having much the better of the game but struggling to find a way through a well organised United defence. It looked as though United had done enough to earn a point but St Neots won it in the 87th minute when a cross from the right by Sam Harty was smashed home by Roberts from 12 yards.

United had one last effort in the second minute of stoppage-time when a corner was only cleared to Declan Hartigan who returned the ball into the box where Tom Ryan headed went wide. Just like last week, it was a decent performance by United against a play-off chasing side but once again there are no points to show for their efforts.