FOR the second consecutive week, Banbury United were denied three points by a stoppage-time equaliser, in their 1-1 draw at home to Kings Langley.

Having taken a 79th-minute lead through Elliot Sandy’s penalty, the Puritans looked like keeping up their chase of a Premier Division play-off place, but were denied in the 94th minute.

The hosts fielded former Oxford City full-back Paul Stonehouse, who signed from Hungerford Town on Friday, while on-loan keeper from QPR, Martin Herdman, also made his debut in place of the injured Jack Harding.

Jack Self was not available due to illness.

Banbury had the better of an eventful first half, with Ricky Johnson twice going close.

First his superb header was tipped around a post by visiting keeper Martin Bennett, before he ten nodded over from Tom Winters’s corner.

However, Mike Ford’s side were then indebted to Herdman, who denied Kieran Turner with a great save.

Banbury centre-half Luke Carnell saw two headers blocked as Banbury kept the upper hand in the second half.

The game looked like it was heading for a 0-0 draw until 11 minutes from time, when a deflected shot from Charlie Hawtin hit the bar,with Sandy being knocked over in the ensuing melee.

Sandy converted the resultant spot-kick to put the hosts ahead.

But in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Kings Langley’s Jorrell Johnson headed into the top corner of the net to rescue a point.

Banbury Utd: Herdman, Hawtin, Stonehouse, Nash, Wise, Carnell, Humphreys (Bradbury 77), Pond (Howards 46), Johnson, Sandy, Winters (Awadh 77). Subs not used: Ngathe, Macdonald. Attendance: 315.