Davis feared relegation fight was already over

Puritans striker Leam Howards back-heels the ball past Histon keeper  Enol Ordonez duirng Saturday's game
Puritans striker Leam Howards back-heels the ball past Histon keeper Enol Ordonez duirng Saturday's game

Banbury United manager Paul Davis admitted he feared his side’s battle to avoid the drop had all but ended at the halfway stage of Tuesday’s victory over Slough Town.

At the end of a nervous first half the Puritans looked well below what was required to get the required three points in the rearranged Evo-Stik Southern League clash with Slough Town.

I honestly thought at halftime that the season was all over for us, I told my assistants when we were coming off the pitch.

Puritans boss Paul Davis

But three unanswered goals from Leam Howards, with a brace, and Marvin Martin ended those fears in what was a night to remember at Spencer Stadium.

Davis said: “I honestly thought at halftime that the season was all over for us, I told my assistants when we were coming off the pitch.

“For whatever reason, we were not quite at the races in the first half. It looked as though we were not able to follow up another good Saturday performance with one in midweek.

“I don’t know why we didn’t play so well in the first half because I didn’t put any pressure on them but I think they all realised the importance of the game.

“I told the players they had 45 minutes to save their season and they did. I knew if we kept a clean sheet we would score, no matter how late in the game it came.”