Puritans throw away lead to lose two in a row by two

Banbury United’s five-match unbeaten run came to an end with two losses at home this week.

The Puritans threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against Tiverton Town on Saturday before succumbing to Kings Lynn Town by the same scoreline three days later.

A Darren Pond header midway through the second half wasn’t enough to earn United anything at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium on Tuesday.

Two first half goals from Michael Clunan (25 minutes, pen) and Cameron Norman (34) were enough for the Linnets to claim all three points.

United improved in the second period to grab a goal back but couldn’t force an equaliser.

The defeat followed another disappointing day at the office on Saturday when Tiverton Town hit back from behind to inflict a 2-1 defeat.

Goals from Levi Landricombe and Owen Howe in the final 20 minutes of the game turned the game around to cancel out Matt Peake-Pijnen’s equaliser.

The Puritans were dominant and could have been ahead by the break as Jefferson Louis, Ravi Shamsi and Luke Carnell all went close.

Louis hit the post before the breakthrough was finally made on 55 minutes when Peake-Pijnen connected with a Charlie Hawtin pass to score from a narrow angle.

But the visitors struck back against the run of play on 73 minutes when Landricombe’s 30-yard effort nestled in the back of the net.

The game was turned on its head when Tiverton’s Howe headed home a free-kick to condemn United to their first defeat in nearly a month.

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