Report: Moors 5 Banbury United 2

Moors nudged themselves into the National League North top seven with a 5-2 victory over Banbury United who were relegated after the defeat at The Brewery Field on Thursday.

Rob Ramshaw and Glen Taylor both netted twice and Will Harris was also on target as Graeme Lee’s men moved up to seventh in the table on goal difference with two to play.

Moors boss Lee shuffled his pack with two games to play in three days as Isaac Fletcher, Callum Ross and Ben Pollock were all drafted into the starting eleven for the contest.

Despite the visitors making an encouraging start, Moors assumed control on 19 minutes when Ramshaw was shoved over in the box allowing Harris to ram home his 15th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Harris could have doubled his tally not long after when Ramshaw floated a lovely ball into the box from the left but, after a wonderful first touch, Harris could only send his shot straight at the Banbury keeper.

It was 2-0 on 26 minutes though. Lebrun Mbeka found himself out on the left wing and picked up his head to slide the ball back to Ramshaw in space 25 yards out and the skipper took a touch before curling an unstoppable shot into the far top corner.

Banbury refused to go quietly though, and they pulled one back 10 minutes before the break when some great work down the left from Ken Charles provided the opportunity for the lively Craig Hewitt to drill a low finish under Brad James.

Moors restored their two-goal advantage in first half stoppage time when some good football down the left saw a low ball sent across goal and Ramshaw couldn’t miss from close range.

Again, the visitors responded. They got their reward for a strong start to the second half on 51 minutes when the ball was worked out wide left and Hewitt curled an excellent low finish across James and into the far corner.

James then had to produce a wonderful save to his right to deny half time substitute Nathanial Opoku, who drove inside from the right before unleashing a ferocious drive which was pushed over by the Moors keeper.

Ramshaw had a shot cleared off the line as he eyed a hat-trick before Moors were then awarded a second penalty following a foul on Fletcher. Taylor was on the pitch by this stage and lashed home emphatically from the spot to make it 4-2.

And Taylor doubled his tally and scored the goal which moved Moors inside the top seven in second half injury time. Ramshaw turned to feed McKeown down the right and the young unselfishly squared across goal for Taylor to tap home from inside the six-yard area.

Full Time: Moors 5 Banbury United 2

Moors: James, Ledger, Mbeka, Pollock, Staunton, Ross, Dolan (Shrimpton 61), Greenfield (McKeown 61), Ramshaw, Fletcher, Harris (Taylor 66).
Subs not used: Chimalilo, Liddle.

Booked: Mbeka (5), Ross (73).

Banbury United: Dadge, Pache, Light, Fleming, Woodhouse, Ward, Njie (Middleton 88), Sturridge (Opoku 46), Charles, Berseford, Hewitt.
Subs not used: Scott, Bunga, Harding.

Booked: Woodhouse (49)

Referee: Lewis Dawson

Attendance: 1,168

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