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The Evo-Stik League South Premier Division

Tuesday 24th October 2017

The Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium, Banbury

Attendance 384

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Banbury United
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
David Hutton
Jack Harding 1 Hafed Al-Droubi This result stretched Chesham’s current unbeaten run to five matches, although four of those have been draws. Banbury have slipped away from the top of the table after winning their first five league games, which included the reverse fixture back in August. On this occasion Chesham gave as good as they got in an entertaining game, although neither keeper was really tested all evening.

There were two changes to the Chesham team, Adam Pepera replacing Darren Locke who was not fit enough to start, and Lewis Toomey swapped places with Scott McGleish who was on the bench. Banbury have won eight league games so far but only two at home, and Chesham were the first to show with Jhai Dhillon blasting over the bar following good work by Oran Swales and Joe Iaciofano. Two minutes later Banbury came close when Tom Winters crossed from the left but Conor McDonagh could only shoot into the side netting. However in the following minute Charlie Hawtin crossed from the right and Jefferson Louis stole in to head the home side into the lead. Chesham attempted to come back with Joe Iaciofano running to the edge of the home area before firing high and wide. However for most of the rest of the half Banbury opted to sit on their lead, while Chesham played possession football in search of an opening in the home defence. On the half-hour Oran Swales got to the by-line on the right and pulled the ball across but Lewis Toomey could only stab the ball wide of the near post. However four minutes later Chesham’s patience was rewarded when a neat passing move down the right enabled Benji Crilley to break into the home area and cross, Joe Iaciofano helped the ball on and Lewis Toomey netted from close range at the far post. Towards half-time Joe Iaciofano appeared to be bundled off the ball by Matt Peake-Pijnen in the penalty area but nothing was given. The half ended with Tom Winters sending a long-range free kick wide.

There was bright start to the second half with Conor McDonagh shooting from the edge of the area but Hafed Al-Droubi dived to his right to save comfortably, then at the other end Lewis Toomey drilled the ball across the Banbury area from wide on the left but the ball sailed wide. The tempo of the game increased but with little in the way of goalmouth action. On 69 minutes Ravi Shamsi’s shot was saved, Tom Winters crossed back in but Shamsi’s hurried effort was well off target. At the other end Joe Iaciofano was brought down inside the Banbury area, and the ball eventually came to David Hutton but his shot was blocked. The last action of the game came six minutes from time when Jefferson Louis’ attempted lob was deflected behind for a corner, but Chesham broke away quickly and Joe Iaciofano turned the ball wide from Oran Swales’ cross.
Charlie Hawtin 7/2 Benji Crilley
Matt Peake-Pijnen 3 Jhai Dhillon
Darren Pond 13/4 Matt Bevans
Tom Bradbury 6/5 Kieran Murphy
Luke Carnell 5/6 Adam Pepera
Jack Westbrook 2/7 David Hutton
Ravi Shamsi 17/8 Jon-Jo Bates
Jefferson Louis 9 Lewis Toomey
Conor McDonagh 10 Joe Iaciofano
Tom Winters 11 Oran Swales
George Nash 4/12 Scott McGleish
Leam Howards  12/14 Shane Bush
Jack Self 8/15 Adam Watkins
Ricky Johnson 14/16 Ahmed El-Sahib
Charlie Wise 19/17 Darren Locke
Used Substitutes
Nash for Westbrook 59   Watkins for Bates 68
Self for McDonagh 65   Bush for Toomey 78
Johnson for Louis 84   McGleish for Iaciofano 87
Louis 9   Toomey 34
Carnell 57   Bevans 44
Self 71   Pepera 75
Sent Off