Davis prepares players for the final push to safety

Banbury United's Shepherd Murombedzi, challenging Histon's Geoff Mitchell, has been in top form in recent games
Banbury United's Shepherd Murombedzi, challenging Histon's Geoff Mitchell, has been in top form in recent games

What looked like mission impossible only four games ago could now turn out to be the greatest escape in Banbury United’s history.

The Puritans travel to Chesham United for Saturday’s final Evo-Stik Southern League fixture where three points could see them escape relegation at the 11th hour.

If I had said six weeks ago we would take 13 points from the last six games some fans would have thought I was crazy.

Puritans boss Paul Davis

Paul Davis’s side must win and hope Frome Town lose against St Neots Town who occupy the last premier division play-off spot.

Chesham have nothing to play for but the stakes for the Puritans could not be higher as they look to complete the job which faced them three games ago. United simply had to win their last three games to have any chance and they’ve won two of them – against Weymouth and Slough Town – without conceding a goal.

They trail Frome by three points and are now just one goal worse off than the Somerset side so if results work in their favour they would stay up.

Davis said: “I told the players before Tuesday’s game that Saturday is their final but you don’t get into it unless you win the semi-final against Slough.

“It’s up to us now, if we’re at it on Saturday I’m sure we will get the right result, then it will all be down to what Frome do. If we can stay up and keep the majority of this side together there’s no reason why we couldn’t finish in the top ten next season.

“The players are now doing things they weren’t doing three months ago and I just hope they can pull it off on Saturday. If I had said six weeks ago we would take 13 points from the last six games some fans would have thought I was crazy.

“We’ve only conceded three goals in the last five games and Leigh Bedwell’s clean sheet on Tuesday could be so important on Saturday.”