Davis points to improved performance

Leam Howards bagged his tenth Evo-Stik Southern Leagie goal of the campaign at Burnham
Leam Howards bagged his tenth Evo-Stik Southern Leagie goal of the campaign at Burnham

Banbury United have proved they can match teams in the top half of the Evo-Stik Southern League table but their points return has been all too low despite some encouraging performances in those games.

The Puritans have given a good account of themselves against some of the top sides this season but have failed to take any points from some of those games when conceding late goals.

But Monday’s 1-1 draw at Redditch United followed the stalemate between the two clubs at Spencer Stadium on New Year’s day and manager Paul Davis was pleased to see his side come away with a point.

He said: “We had a bit of good fortune at Redditch, the woodwork saved us twice and their keeper let Jack Westbrook’s shot go though his hands, but we needed some luck.

“We were poor in the first half but I take responsibility for that because I played the same system as at Burnham with three central defenders. The 3-5-2 didn’t work because our wing back, who got forward well at Burnham, couldn’t get out and were penned in for most of the first half.

“We were fortunate to be only 1-0 down at halftime but even though Redditch were camped in our half Leigh Bedwell didn’t really have any saves to make apart from the goal. When we went back to 4-4-2 in the second half we did much better.

“I know I was the happier manager of the two after the game because at 3pm Redditch still had a chance of making the play-offs. They would have bene more disappointed than us not to get all three points.”

Looking back on Saturday’s 3-0 success at Burnham, Davis added: “Burnham were a poor side but we had some good individual performances, especially Jacob Daffern at full-back, which allowed Marvin Martin to play in midfield, where he was able to put his foot on the ball.”