First Team - Report
Date: Saturday 15th September 2012 - Kick Off: 15:00
The Evo-Stik League Southern - Premier Division
|Banbury United||1||vs||0||Chippenham Town|
Banbury United 1 Chippenham Town 0
United earn their first win of the season with a much improved performance at the Spencer Stadium
A headed goal from Jack Ashton with just over a quarter of an hour to go would prove enough to give Banbury United their first win of the season at the Spencer Stadium this afternoon and thus ending a win-less sequence of 15 games against Chippenham Town stretching back to March 2007.
There were a number of changes to the Banbury United line up that had so disappointingly gone out of the FA Cup at home to Hungerford Town on Tuesday.
Tom Cross was back in goal after having missed the Hungerford games due to being cup-tied and Ryan Howell was brought back into the side, having served his three match suspension, and played very well in the unfamiliar position of left back!
The debutants in the starting eleven were centre-half James Sage on a month's loan from Peterborough United and defensive midfielder Warren Plowright who has joined the club from Dunstable Town. In addition former Brazilian MK Dons scholar and Grasshoppers of Zurich U21 winger Igor Coronado would make his debut from the bench. Another new signing midfielder Adam Fry was an unused substitute.
Both sides began the game positively and throughout the first half created a number of half chances. The best opportunity of the half though probably fell to the visitors in the 38th minute when a cross from the right by Luke Ballinger found James Guthrie at the far post but the excellent chance was put wide.
An entertaining and evenly matched first period which promised much but the game was scoreless at the interval.
The second half was again fairly even but it would be United who would get the all important breakthrough.
An excellent corner from the right taken by Dan Lawlor in the 73rd minute was swung in towards the six yard area and Jack Ashton running in got his head to the ball first, powering his header past Conor Thomson in the Chippenham goal
Not surprisingly the last quarter of an hour was very open with Chippenham now pushing forward looking for the equaliser. Chances for both sides would follow in this period.
On 78 minutes a corner from the right fell nicely to Chippenham's Alan Griffin, but his normal clinical finishing that he has previously shown against Banbury for once deserted him as the good chance was blasted over. With six minutes to go a shot from Ricky Johnson was well saved by Thomson. Shortly afterwards a Johnson knock down saw Adeyinka Talabi through but the keeper did well to save at the expense of a corner.
Chippenham will probably feel they deserved a draw from the game and certainly had some chances but after the turmoil of the last couple of weeks one cannot fault the effort and way that Banbury played this afternoon in what was an entertaining game and a very promising performance.
Banbury United: Tom Cross, Luke Cray, Ryan Howell, Warren Plowright, Jack Ashton, James Sage, Ben Polk, Dan Lawlor, Ricky Johnson, Aaron Woodley (Igor Coronado 85), Adeyinka Talabi. Subs (not used): Eric Kusi, Adam Fry, Tom Lorraine.
Chippenham Town: Conor Thomson, Toby Osman, Shaun Lamb, Ashley Williams, Steve Casey, Iain Harvey (Alan Griffin 54), Luke Ballinger (Josh Egan 76), Scott Rogers, Scott Lye, James Guthrie (Brendon Barnes 67), Lee Phillips. Subs (not used): Alex Kite, Dean Griffiths.