BANBURY United boss Edwin Stein will be looking for his side to bounce back when they entertain Leamington in the Boxing Day derby.
Stein saw his side slip to their fourth successive Evo-Stik League Southern away defeat at St Albans City last weekend and admits he may have to change the team’s style of play to get something on their travels in 2013.
Stein said: “Our away form is putting more pressure on our home form but this group of players can deal with that. They’ve got the character to cope with it.
“We didn’t take our chances in the first half at St Albans and they did. The players looked a bit tired and I think the effort they put in on Tuesday probably caught up with them.
“Leamington have always been a strong side and are quite rightly favourites for the title this season. But I expect my players to be up for it because it’s a derby and I’m sure we can compete with them.”
Chris Jackson should be back after injuring his shoulder against AFC Totton but Warren Plowright will miss two or three games with knee injury sustained after only half an hour at St Albans. Jack Ashton will serve the final game of his three-match suspension against Leamington but will be available to face Kettering.
Tom Ryan had a slight hamstring stain and was left on the bench at St Albans with the busy festive period coming up.
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