Boss has mixed feelings after display

Darius Browne impressed for the Puritans against Oxford City
Darius Browne impressed for the Puritans against Oxford City

Puritans boss Paul Davis was delighted with his side’s display in Tuesday’s Oxon Senior Cup victory over Oxford City.

United showed their mettle to come from behind and knock out the Vanarama Conference North outfit with goals from Nathaniel Lewars and Jordan Green after Paulo Mendes had given City the early lead.

Davis said: “Oxford City are a top ten Conference North side and beat Brackley Town 5-0 on Saturday so we really had to be at it.

“In a strange way the performance annoys me because we didn’t perform like that on Saturday at Cambridge City when we needed the points .

“But I’m not going to take anything away from my players, we didn’t have many chances but the ones we had we took. We conceded a sloppy goal from a set-piece but after that we seemed to settle down and our bigger players came into the game.”

Several players caught the eye in an encouraging all round performance, especially Carl Tappin and Darius Browne.

Davis added: “Carl Tappin has sat out the last couple of games because of the way we’ve played but we changed the system back to a 4-4-2 against Oxford City and he was outstanding.

“We knew City would have a lot of the ball so we had to work hard without it, which tested our fitness levels.

“Jordan Green is always a threat on the ball, he’s made the equaliser and got the winner, but we need to get him in the game more. Darius Browne was our best player but we’ve had to get him to change his schedule.

“He trains with the Oxford United development squad three times during the week and I thought he’d been doing too much and has been looking jaded.

“He didn’t train on Monday and when he raced the length of the pitch in a few seconds past Declan Benjamin, who is no slouch, it showed how much the extra day’s rest had helped him.”