Davis praises hit-man Howards and talisman Talabi

Banbury United's Adeyinka Talabi holds off Dunstable Town's Danny May at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Adeyinka Talabi holds off Dunstable Town's Danny May at Spencer Stadium

Puritans boss Paul Davis heaped praise on Leam Howards for the part he played in his side’s first victory of 2015.

The young striker hit both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Dunstable Town at Spencer Stadium.

Davis said: “I couldn’t be happier for Leam [Howards]. When I brought him on I told him to go and get the winner and he got two goals.

“I’ve been on at him a lot in training to improve his heading, some were going off his shoulders, but his second goal was pure class.

“If I had told Banbury supporters that a 19-year-old striker from the town would score 12 goals for the club this season they wouldn’t have believed me. Leam always responds well to being left out and comes back stronger, his pace caused Dunstable a lot of problems when he came on.

“Leam got the goals but it was a great all round team performance, Leigh Bedwell has made a couple of vital saves and Jacob Walcott cleared one off the line when it was still goal-less.”

Davis was also keen to stress the importance of having Ade Talabi back in the side.

He said: “I asked Ade [Talabi] if he would come back and help us to get out of trouble and he was keen to do so. He is very experienced and gives us something different in the final third with his movement and hold up play.”

But Davis said it took a while for the victory to sink in adding: “The dressing room was just the same as after every game, very quiet! They had probably forgotten what it felt like to win a game.

“I told them before the game that our season starts now and we’ve got 13 cup finals to go. I read out a few facts to them but said that was all in the past and we needed to look forward.

“Rufus [Brevett] said to me afterwards that we don’t do it the easy way and we don’t but little things went our way and I’m so pleased for the players and the supporters.”