13 October 2013

Banbury 1 Truro City 2 - Banbury Match Report by David Shadbolt

Summary: "United go in front just before the hour mark through a Kynan Isaac goal but two goals in the last quarter of an hour give the Cornish side all three points. "
United gave debuts to two players who signed for the club within the previous 24 hours. Playing in the centre of midfield was ex Tottenham Hotspur trainee Takura Mtandari whilst wide midfield was Nathan Mukuna who started his career at Southend United before playing for Interwood and Waltham Forest.

The first half was very much a “non-event”. It was an equal affair with both sides working hard and looking positive but both struggled to create decent chances, both goalkeepers having little to do except deal with routine crosses and pass backs, certainly neither had a to make any saves of note.

There was just the one notable opportunity for Banbury just before the interval when Adeyinka Talabi broke clear but his lob over Ollie Chenoweth went well wide of the far post.

The second half saw Truro start much the better of the two sides and they put Banbury under some pressure. Aaran Pugh headed a left wing cross from Jordan Copp over in the 49th minute when he should have done better. The Cornish side were looking the more likely to score and they created a couple opportunities to shoot from long range but at this point shooting boots appeared to have been left in Cornwall as they were well off target.

However, rather against the run of play, it would be Banbury who would go in front in the 57th minute when Kynan Isaac got onto the end of a long ball down the left hand side of the field from Banbury goalkeeper Leigh Bedwell and through on goal he struck the ball with some aplomb into far the corner of the net past a helpless Ollie Chenoweth.

Truro fought back well though and always looked dangerous, equalising on 78 minutes when Neil Slateford got on to the end of a Ben Watson pass, took control of the ball and then fired it home from twelve yards.

Having equalised, Truro would dominate the remainder of the game and it was no surprise when the winner came three minutes from time when Liam Eddy took the ball into the penalty area on the right before unleashing a shot from a narrow angle into the far corner of the net.

Two minutes later, Banbury could have equalised when they were awarded a free kick on the left. The ball was pumped to the far post where Tanasheh Abrahams got his head to it but it went just over the bar.

Over the 90 minutes Banbury cannot complain about the outcome. The first half was even but Truro looked the better side in the second period and to their credit, being on such a bad run of results and conceding first to Banbury one might have expected some heads to drop but that was far from the case and overall it was a deserved win for the Cornish side.

Banbury United: Leigh Bedwell, Luke Cray, Marvin Martin, Aaron Morgan, John Mbamarah, Tom Ryan, Dom Lawless, Takura Mtandari, Leon Simpson (Adeyinka Talabi 14), Kynan Isaac, Nathan Mukuna (Tanasheh Abrahams 60). Subs (not used): Ashley Dumbleton, Kyal McNulty, Kyle Fraser-Allen.

Truro City: Ollie Chenoweth, Cody Cooke, Shane White, Paul Kendall, Aaran Pugh, Joe Broad (Olly Brokenshire 74), Les Afful, Jamie Lowry, Ben Watson, Matt Andrew (Neil Slateford 42), Jordan Copp (Liam Eddy 60). Subs (not used): Dan Evans, Jared Sims.

Attendance: 350

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