Davis has mixed feelings after draw at rivals

Banbury United skipper Tom Ryan clears the ball at Arlesey Town. Photo: Guy Wills
Banbury United skipper Tom Ryan clears the ball at Arlesey Town. Photo: Guy Wills

Banbury United manager Paul Davis looked back on Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League 2-2 draw at Arlesey Town with mixed feelings.

Davis knew it was a game his side could not lose but, with Frome Town winning at Dunstable Town, it left the Puritans seven points from safety.

Davis said: “We played very well in the first half but no more than I know we are capable of with the current side.

“It was a game of two halves and we couldn’t cope with their substitute [Geoff Mitchell] in the second half, every ball in the box seemed to land at his feet and we couldn’t get near him.

“Their first goal was a deflection and the equaliser Jack Westbrook cleared the ball straight to their player.”

Davis retained the same starting line-up that beat Dunstable but was forced into second half substitutions due to injuries to Ade Talabi and Kynan Isaac.

David added: “When you lose two players like Ade Talabi and Kynan Isaac it is very difficult. Kynan was causing Arlesey lots of problems before he had to come off.”