FOOTBALL: Banbury owe it to Bridges

TWO goals from Scott Bridges helped Banbury United to a 3-0 victory over Leamington, who had goalkeeper Niall Cooper sent off in the 69th minute of their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash on Boxing Day.

Kynan Isaac set up Bridges for his first after 34 minutes and it became 2-0 four minutes into the second half when Isaac scored from 20 yards.

The match exploded when Isaac was brought down just outside the box. Referee John Scott awarded a free-kick, but changed his decision to a penalty after consulting a linesman.

An angry Cooper was booked for throwing the ball away and then pushed two players and the referee to receive the red card.

Skipper Jamie Heapy scored the only goal as Didcot Town beat local rivals Abingdon United 1-0 in Division 1 South & West at the npower Loop Meadow Stadium to end a run of five defeats.

Abingdon manager Richie Bourne gave ex-Didcot captain Gareth Thomas his debut, but the hosts started the better, with Heapy going close.

He had more luck in the 31st minute, netting the only goal from a Morgan Williams corner. Didcot dominated the rest of the half.

The worsening weather did not help either side after the break.

Keeper James Foster came to Abingdon’s rescue when he saved a close-range effort from Elliott Osborne-Ricketts.

Abingdon substitute Toby Howell had a chance to equalise in injury time, but his effort was superbly blocked by Sam Elkins as Didcot held on.

North Leigh were blown away 4-1 by leaders Hungerford Town at Eynsham Park.

Scott Rees opened the scoring on six minutes from 25 yards and Mark Draycott doubled the lead in the 23rd minute.

North Leigh, who brought on new signing Brian Bowles from Didcot Town for the injured Wayne Turk, fell further behind after 32 minutes when former Oxford United defender Matt Day centred for Luke Hopper to head home.

The home side rallied after the break, and Conor McDonagh pulled one back in the 55th minute, but North Leigh’s fate was sealed in the 88th minute when sub James Clark – another ex-Didcot player – was on hand to score at the far post.

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