Cup woe as the Tudors crash out

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Hemel Town 0 Banbury United 2

HEMEL Town were dumped out of the Red Insure Cup as Banbury United booked their place in the semi-finals.

New Tudors boss Mark Eaton was hoping to register his first win since taking over at Vauxhall Road, but two goals from Banbury early in the second half were enough to win the tie.

It was Hemel who made the brighter start of the teams, but the hosts could not turn their early dominance into goals.

Lewis Toomey saw an effort cleared off the line after a good interchange with full-back James Brighton, before new signing Rob Harworth squandered a good headed opportunity from a Dave Pearce cross.

Banbury began to work themselves back into the game, though, and Tudors keeper Ross Kitteridge was forced into a save from Josh Cole’s header.

From the resulting corner, Ricky Johnston rose highest to meet Wes Emery’s cross, but his header crept over the bar.

As the half went on, Banbury began to crank up the pressure on the Hemel goal, and Simeon Williams almost profited from some slack defending, only to see his effort fly wide.

Chances continued to fall to the visitors, and Emery was next to go close as his long range strike fizzed inches past the top corner.

Hemel boss Eaton would have been looking for a response from his side after the break, but it was Banbury who continued to press and finally managed to force the breakthrough.

Joe Colman found space down the right before delivering a cross to the back post where Williams was on hand to slot past Kitteridge.

And it did not take long for the Puritans to double their advantage as Dior Angus rocketed an unstoppable volley into the top corner from 30 yards.

That effectively ended the game as a contest as Hemel heads dropped, and Banbury booked their place in the semis.