Davis faces another defensive reshuffle for trip to St Neots

Banbury United's Liam Howards and Hungerford Town's Matt Day challenge for the ball at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Liam Howards and Hungerford Town's Matt Day challenge for the ball at Spencer Stadium

With suspensions taking their toll, Banbury United manager Paul Davis faces another defensive shuffle for Saturday’s trip to St Neots Town.

Joel Meade has a one-match suspension while Jack Westbrook serves the second game of his three-match ban so Luke Cray may well partner Tom Ryan for the Evo-Stik Southern League clash with either Jacob Walcott or Callum White taking over at full-back.

Davis used a friendly with Winslow United on Tuesday to have a look at some trialists and players who have not featured in recent games, new signing Lerou Tahin bagged a brace and Nathaniel Lewars also scored in the 3-0 victory.

A French midfielder caught the eye and Davis is hoping to get his international clearance through in time for Saturday’s premier division fixture but two players departing Spencer Stadium are Ben Whitehead and Umit Eminoglu.

Davis said: “It was a really useful work-out for the players, it gave Declan Hartigan 90 minutes before he returns on Saturday and gave me the chance to have a look at four French players.”

Davis says his side will adopt the same approach to Saturday’s game as they did in the 2-1 defeat against Hungerford Town, who followed up to beat previous leaders Weymouth on Tuesday. That showed how well United did to contain Hungerford and what a big point it would have been had they held on.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Davis said: “We drew with St Neots earlier in the seaosn but they’ve changed their manager and several players since then. They really need to win on Saturday if they are to do anything in the league so there is a bit of pressure on them.

“We’ve just got to do what we did against Hungerford, start with a solid base and try to catch them on the break. If we repeat that performance I’m sure we can get something from the game.”