Davis delighted with his top scorer’s return

Kynan Isaac has been in top form for the Puritans recently
Kynan Isaac has been in top form for the Puritans recently

There was no-one more delighted to see Leam Howards bag his 15th Evo- Stik Southern League goal of the campaign on Tuesday than his manager Paul Davis.

Howards’ first goal was out of the top drawer and his second capped another excellent performance by the young Banbury striker, taking him on to 20 in all competitions. But to score 15 for a team which has been in the relegation zone for most of the campaign takes some doing.

Kynan deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s played in the last few games, his work rate has been excellent.

Puritans boss Paul Davis

Looking back on Howards’ opener, Davis said: “Six weeks ago I don’t think he would have risked shooting from there so it just shows how much more confidence he has got now, from within himself and from within the dressing room.

“It was a great finish from him and put us on our way. Once the goal went in we relaxed a lot more and it meant Slough had to come out and play more which gave us the gaps to exploit.”

Davis also had special praise for Kynan Isaac who played his part in two of United’s goals as his rich vein of form continued. The on-loan Luton Town striker produced a superb second half display.

Davis said: “Kynan deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s played in the last few games, his work rate has been excellent. For the second goal he ran 80 yards to win the corner from which we scored from his delivery.

“Hopefully the supporters on Tuesday were able to see what he brings to the team and I know how much we would miss him. He’s very close with the other players in the dressing room.

“He’s still a Luton Town player but he’s right in it with us and has made a massive difference since he came back here.

“He was struggling to be fit for Tuesday so I asked him to give me an hour, he played 90 minutes, had treatment after the game and told me he will be fit for Saturday.”