BANBURY United, playing in unaccustomed purple shirts, recorded a notable 1-0 victory away to Premier Division play-off contenders Slough Town on Saturday.

A second-half goal from Ricky Johnson stunned the hosts and lifted the visitors to eighth in the table.

Because of a colour clash, the Puritans – not having a second kit – had to wear Slough’s purple away shirts, along with their own yellow shorts.

It was a battling display from Mike Ford’s side, who made one change with Sam Humphreys coming in for Tom Winters.

New signing Leon Lobjoit was absent with a broken arm, suffered in training on Thursday.

Slough had the better of the first half, with Manny Williams heading just over and James Dobson crashing a free-kick against the bar.

After Banbury had a penalty claim turned down, when Elliot Sandy appeared to be bundled over in the box, the visitors were indebted to Jack Harding for keeping the scoreline goalless at half-time.

The keeper did well to hold a shot from Josh Jackman and then – in the last minute of the half – tipped Dobson’s free-kick over the bar.

There was little between the sides in the first 20 minutes of the second half before the visitors scored the winning goal in the 66th minute.

Sandy sent Johnson through on goal down the middle, and the striker finished well, lifting the ball over Jack Turner in the Slough goal.

The Rebels took a while to recover, but put Banbury under a lot of pressure in the last ten minutes.

A cross from the right by Matt Lench saw the incoming Dobson just inches away from connecting.

Then in the fourth minute of stoppage time Slough managed to bundle the ball over the line but the referee blew for a foul on Harding.

This was the reward for superb defensive display from the visitors.

Banbury Utd: Harding, Hawtin, Bradbury (Ngathe 66), Nash, Wise, Carnell, Self, Pond, Johnson, Sandy, Humphreys (Winters 67). Subs not used: Howards, Heapy, Macdonald.

Attendance: 514.

l BANBURY United have been drawn to meet Kidlington in the semi-finals of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.

Oxford United will play Oxford City in the other last-four match.

The games have to be played on a neutral venue before March 14.