The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Graeme Auger

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: ★★★★★

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