Matthew Wright’s second half winner sent Banbury United tumbling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Truro City in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash at Spencer Stadium
Tom Ryan gave the Puritans an early lead but the experienced Les Afful equalised and Wright’s winner condemned Paul Davis’s side to a fifth straight premier division defeat.
Shane Krac went close with a drive from the edge of the box which shaved the upright but United broke the deadlock in the 15th minute. Thomas Amegnaglo’s free-kick was returned into the area by Joel Meade and Kynan Isaac superbly beat two defenders before crossing low for Ryan to score from close range.
It was an immediate impact by the returning Luton Town player, who Davis signed on a month’s loan 24 hours earlier. But United’s lead was cancelled out three minutes later when the experienced Afful turned in Krac’s driven cross.
Krac’s influence on the game began to grow as Truro got on top with their front two of Wright and Isaac Vassell posing a threat while United found it difficult to keep hold of the ball. And it took a superb reflex save from Leigh Bedwell to palm away a fierce 20 yard drive from Wright which came through a crowd of players.
Davis introduced Declan Hartigan in place of Darius Browne at halftime to add more weight to central midfield to counter the threat of Krac. But it made little difference to the pattern of the game, Truro were too strong physically for United, winning first and second ball, before making much better use of it.
Jake Ash fired over after the restart before Truro scored what proved to be the winner in the 59th minute when Shane White’s deep cross was superbly headed home by Wright past Bedwell from ten yards.
After the goal it was all too comfortable for the Cornish side and Wright went close with another header. United struggled to get back into the contest but substitute Leam Howards should have done better when he raced on to Bedwell’s clearance but shot weakly at Kyle Moore.
Davis threw Ryan up front in the closing stages and he set up Isaac who fired over. It was a rare chance in another disappointing second half performance which has been a feature of United’s form of late.