Westbrook pops up to earn Puritans a deserved point

Banbury United's Jacob Walcott comes away with the ball at Redditch United. Photo: David Shadbolt
Banbury United's Jacob Walcott comes away with the ball at Redditch United. Photo: David Shadbolt
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Jack Westbrook earned Banbury United a late point in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Evo-Stik Southern League play-off chasing Redditch United.

The Puritans produced a much improved second half and Westbrook cancelled out Ashley Sammons’ first half opener in the premier division contest to make it four points from two games over the Easter period for Paul Davis’s side.

Redditch soon got to grips with the game and dominated the first half to such an extent that the ball was rarely out of United’s half. But a mixture of poor finishing and some decent defending meant that Redditch failed to find a way through until the 39th minute when a cross from the right was knocked back to Sammons on the edge of the area and he fired past Leigh Bedwell.

Davis had a reshuffle at the interval with three centre-backs being dispensed with for the second half and they were much improved after the restart.

Despite having more possession, United were fortunate not to concede twice when Courtney Baker-Richardson hit the post and Leigh Phillips took the ball around Bedwell but, with an empty net at his mercy, he also managed to hit the upright from a narrow angle.

United went close to equalising when their best move saw Shepherd Murombedzi’s cross reach Leam Howards who then did well to make room for a shot but keeper Sam Hornby did exceptionally well to tip the goal-bound effort away.

However, United were not to be denied and the equaliser arrived in the 82nd minute when Kynan Isaac’s free-kick was not cleared and following a scramble Westbrook’s shot from 12 yards went through the Hornby’s hands and into the back of the net.

While United’s hopes of getting out of the bottom three remain slim, with two games in hand on all the teams immediately above them, they are not down yet.