Davis offers no excuses for Puritans’ performance

Shepherd Murombedzi was a surprise inclusion for Banbury United at Cambridge City
Shepherd Murombedzi was a surprise inclusion for Banbury United at Cambridge City

Banbury United manager Paul Davis endured his heaviest Evo-Stik Southern League defeat in charge of the club following Saturday’s 6-1 hammering at Cambridge City.

It was the Puritans’ heaviest premier division defeat since Davis took over and he had no excuses.

He said: “I was left wondering after the game how it happened, going from drawing 1-1 at halftime to losing 6-1.

“Too many of our key players had off days, players like Marvin Martin, Tom Ryan and Luke Cray all had poor games. But that’s still no excuse, we just didn’t work hard enough and to lose 6-1 is embarrassing, we gave up again.

“Jordan Green was the best player on pitch in the first half but he needs the ball at his feet. We just didn’t work hard enough when we didn’t have the ball.

“I picked a team expecting to win a game not even to draw and certainly not to lose 6-1.”

Nabil Shariff was expected to make his debut at Cambridge after signing in midweek but played for Stamford instead while Shepherd Murombedzi was a surprise inclusion. Davis explained the reasons behind both players, adding: “Shepherd [Murombedzi] is a very good player and it was too good to turn down the opportunity to play him.

“Oxford City manager Justin Merritt told me on Friday that Shepherd needed to get some games in. Again, he had a very good first half but not in the second half.

Nabil [Shariff] had already said he would play for Stamford on Saturday but he will be with us from now on.

“I’m big enough to put my hand when I think I’ve picked the wrong team but that’s not the reason we’ve been beaten.”