FA Cup first round here we come!
Puritans fans celebrate Banbury’s best FA Cup performance in nearly 50 years with both Banbury and Brackley through to the FA Cup first round
An amazing afternoon of football has seen both Banbury and Brackley progress through into the FA Cup First Round. Banbury United beat Bury Town 2-1 and Brackley Town defeated Marske United 5-1.
There were jubilant scenes at the Banbury Plant Hire Stadium as the Puritans progressed into the FA Cup First Round for the first time since the early 1970s.
Banbury started the first half kicking towards the Town End in front of a COVID limited capacity crowd of 600, with a large number of additional online viewers Bury took the lead after 20 minutes and despite a number of shots at goal the Puritans failed to equalise. Curtis Morrison received a yellow card in what was a frustrating first half with the score at half time Banbury United 0 Bury Town 1.
Andy Whing’s team struggled to find any chances in the early stages of the second half. However, an opportunity was perfectly executed by Jack Self on the 77th minute and put the Puritans on level pegging. Just minutes later Henry Landers shot at goal took the Puritans into the lead.
The stadium erupted as the final whistle was blown with the score Banbury 2 Bury Town 1. Banbury are now in their best position in the FA Cup for nearly 50 years.
At St James Park the stadium was empty due to COVID restrictions and the weather wasn’t great, but online support was strong for what was a formidable performance by Brackley.
A busy first half saw Marske United taking an early lead just five minutes in. Brackley equalised just minutes later thanks to Tre Mitford and managed to get another 2 courtesy of Lee Ndlovu before the whistle, leaving the half time score Brackley Town 3 Marske United 1.
Brackley controlled the second half and Tre Mitford took the opportunity to increase the score to 4-1 on the 77th minute. An 81st minute James Armson goal took the final score to 5-1.
Banbury and Brackley are now both into the draw for the FA Cup First Round. On Monday evening they will find out who they face in their next matches, scheduled for Saturday 7 November 2020.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam