Davis feels sorry for the faithful fans

Banbury United keeper Leigh Bedwell pips Chesham United defender Robbie Cundy as Jack Westbrook looks on
Banbury United keeper Leigh Bedwell pips Chesham United defender Robbie Cundy as Jack Westbrook looks on

Manager Paul Davis reflected on Banbury United’s final day relegation and said he wished his side had been able to reward to travelling supporters.

The Puritans were backed by around 200 fans for Saturday’s final Evo-Stik Southern League game at Chesham United where their relegation was confirmed with a 1-0 defeat and a draw for Frome Town against St Neots Town.

I feel sorry for the fans, although we would have gone down anyway, it would have been rewarding to have given them something to cheer because their support has been tremendous all season away from home.

Puritans boss Paul Davis

The dismissal of Joel Meade didn’t help United’s cause before Dave Pearce hit the late winner and Davis said: “We had a right go and we wouldn’t have lost the game if we hadn’t been down to ten men. We couldn’t find the back of the net but in the end it was irrelevant because the other result went against us.

“We were the strongest we could be at Chesham but it still wasn’t good enough and that was disappointing. We knew what was happening at Frome and what Arlesey were doing and that’s why we went for it late on once we knew they couldn’t go back above us.

“I feel sorry for the fans, although we would have gone down anyway, it would have been rewarding to have given them something to cheer because their support has been tremendous all season away from home. No other team in this position would get that support on the road but we haven’t been able to repay them.

“I’m proud of the way the players battled to get themselves into a position where we could have got out of trouble on the final day when only a few weeks ago nobody was giving us a chance. It wasn’t in our own hands.

“Being relegated is not nice and with it happening on the last day was perhaps harder to take. But we’ve finished top of the relegation places, which was the worst case scenario that we aimed for, so hopefully something may go for us in the summer.”