Davis knows Puritans need to maintain their mini-revival

Banbury United's Jack Westbrook closes down Reddich United's Kyle Turner at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Jack Westbrook closes down Reddich United's Kyle Turner at Spencer Stadium

Puritans boss Paul Davis is avoiding calling Saturday’s game with Frome Town a ‘six-pointer’ but he knows the importance of not losing to one of their relegation rivals.

The Banbury United manager saw his side get off the bottom of the Evo-Stik Southern League table after Hereford United’s playing record was finally expunged. But Davis says that will count for nothing if they don’t stay up.

Saturday’s premier division clash at Poole Town was postponed so United go into the Frome game on the back of four points against two top four sides and Davis said: “It’s a big game but nothing will be decided on Saturday.

“I’m not sure how Frome will approach the game but I expect them to play similar to how I saw them against Histon.

“We’ve taken six points from five games and been on a decent run and only lost one of those. But, because it was against Burnham, some people think we’ve been on a poor run.

“In three of those games we’ve drawn with Chesham United and Redditch United and beaten Cirencester Town.

“I told the players after the Burnham defeat that we would not go down but that we needed to get the points no matter if it was against sides at the bottom or the top.

“We’re off the bottom but what really matters is to be fourth from bottom. Hereford’s record being expunged has brought other teams closer to us and the table can change very quickly now.”

Declan Hartigan begins his three-match suspension against Frome but Tom Fishwick is due to resume training in a couple of weeks time and Davis expects him to make quick progress when he does.