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FOOTBALL: Hopkins hits last-gasp winner for Banbury United
9:50am Monday 25th February 2013 in Sport
MICHAEL Hopkins grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Banbury United came from two goals down to win 3-2 at AFC Totton in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Puritans were caught out in the second minute when a cross from the left by Baily Cargill was tapped in at the far post by Stefan Brown. It got worse for Banbury on 20 minutes.
A free-kick wide on the right was headed goalwards by Jamie Whisken and though Warren Carter gathered the ball low down at the second attempt, the assistant referee ruled, much to the displeasure of the Banbury players and management, that the ball had crossed the line.
The visitors responded well though, and Wayne Blossom headed just over from a Jack Ashton free-kick.
Blossom and Kynan Isaac fired efforts wide, before Banbury pulled a goal back on 37 minutes.
Isaac controlled a throw in on the right, and took the ball inside before shooting past Ross Casey from eight yards.
Banbury made an excellent start to the second half, with Isaac and Chris Lait firing in shots, which brought good saves from Casey.
A deserved equaliser came on the hour mark when Albi Skendi picked up the ball from a throw on the right, beat two players before unleashing a powerful shot from a narrow angle into the far top corner.
Excellent play by Marvin Martin then set up Hopkins, but his shot went just wide.
Totton should have scored seven minutes from time when a Richard Gillespie cross from the right was scooped over the bar by Brown from just four yards with the net at his mercy.
And in the second minute of stoppage time, Isaac set up Hopkins to smash home the winner from 12 yards.
Banbury Utd: Carter, Cray, R Plowright, Ashton, Blossom, Martin, W Plowright, Lait, Skendi, Isaac, Hopkins. Subs not used: Sharif, Bailey, Dumbleton, Talabi.
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