Davis is delighted with United victory

Leam Howards bagged a brace as Banbury United beat Cirencester Town 5-1 on Boxing Day
Leam Howards bagged a brace as Banbury United beat Cirencester Town 5-1 on Boxing Day

Banbury United manager Paul Davis was delighted to see his side end 2014 with their first Evo-Stik Southern League success since early October.

United thumped play-off chasing Cirencester Town 5-1 on Boxing Day at the Corinium Stadium where Leam Howards bagged a brace.

Jacob Walcott converted a penalty while Jordan Green followed and Carl Tappin also scored with Aiden Bennett getting a consolation for Cirencester. Both sides were reduced to ten men with Cirencester’s Ellis Dunton and United’s Declan Hartigan seeing red.

Davis said: “My players simply did as I asked them to do but I did pick a more workmanlike side with Declan Hartigan and Ben Whitehead coming into midfield.

“That meant out flair players like Leam Howards, Jacob Walcott and Jordan Green could have more freedom.

“Like most of the top sides, Cirencester allowed us to play football. The teams at the bottom are more physical and that’s a side of the game we struggle in because I just haven’t got that type of player here.

“Even if I picked my biggest players we would still lose a physical fight.”