PURITANS ARE JUST TOO HOT
BANBURY United were too strong for a depleted and youthful Stortford side that had to give first-team league debuts to three players.
The visitors took the lead in the sixth minute when their first real attack ended when Jack Self ’s cross to the far post was headed in by Elliot Sandy.
The Blues had a number of promising attacks and were in the contest until United’s two goals in three minutes.
On the half hour, Ricky Johnson headed Charlie Hawtin’s cross back to Sandy who drove home from just inside the box and then Johnson again won a header and Conor McDonough was able to tap in from close range.
Stortford came closest to scoring ten minutes from the break as Jason Williams goalbound header from Darren Foxley’s corner was headed off the line by Sandy.
Kevin Watson’s side kept battling but fell further behind in the 59th minute when Luke Carnell’s header from McDonough’s corner was initially saved by Tyler McCarthy but Carnell smashed in.
Foxley was close to a consolation goal but the Puritans scored their fifth in the 76th minute as substitute Tom Winters found the net with a close-range header. STAR MAN: Elliot Sandy (Banbury) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★