Davis looking to get off to a winning start

Banbury United manager Paul Davis will be looking for a winning start to 2015
Banbury United manager Paul Davis will be looking for a winning start to 2015

After seeing his side end 2014 on a winning note, Banbury United manager Paul Davis will be looking to kick-off the new one with another three points.

The Puritans entertain Redditch United on New Year’s Day looking to make the best possible start to the second half of the Evo-Stik Southern League campaign.

The Boxing Day victory at Cirencester Town saw United close the gap on their relegation rivals. In a revised table, with Hereford United’s expunged playing record, United would be even closer to safety.

But they face two top four teams in the space of three days as they travel to leaders Poole Town on Saturday before the crunch game with fellow strugglers Frome Town the following weekend.

Davis said: “Looking at the table, I think three from the bottom five will go down. Everyone thought that a new manager at Arlesey would make a difference but they are right down there with us now.

“I set a target of 40 points when I arrived and that remains the same even though only three teams will go down.

“If we beat Redditch we will have 20 points since I took over and be where I wanted us to be at this stage.

“Redditch are a similar side to us, a young one, but they are one year ahead of where we want to be. They’ve stuck with young players and I hope we can emulate them.

“Going to Poole 48 hours later will be all about which team can cope with two games in such a short space of time because they haven’t got a big squad.”

Davis is expecting to have a full squad available for both games providing Joel Meade and Callum White recover from illness.

The United boss is also due to speak with Oxford United officials on Wednesday about Josh Shama and Aiden Hawtin returning on-loan.

Davis added: “If we can get Josh [Shama] back I’m sure he can get us another ten goals. But players like Leam Howards, Jacob Walcott and Jordan Green are capable of getting a few goals between them.”