Davis remains defiant over United’s fight to stay up

Banbury United's Marvin Martin clears the ball from Chippenham Town's Matt Coupe at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Marvin Martin clears the ball from Chippenham Town's Matt Coupe at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Paul Davis remains defiant despite seeing his side’s slim chances of staying up all but ended at the weekend.

The Puritans were made to pay for a poor performance when going down 4-2 against Chippenham Town at Spencer Stadium and Davis then found out that relegation rivals Frome Town had secured three late points against Hungerford Town.

United are now ten points from safety in the Evo-Stik Southern League with only nine games remaining and, even if his side can get the five wins he is after, it would surely not be enough to catch Frome.

Arlesey may be catchable but it looks as through they will be relegated with the Puritans unless any divisional reorganisation comes to their rescue.

United travel to premier division leaders Corby Town on Saturday and Davis said: “We’ve taken points off teams at the top and we will continue to try and go for wins, including Corby on Saturday.

“All credit to Frome, they’ve done what they’ve needed to do in their last few games, like Dorchester did.

“But we need to do what we’ve got to do and not worry about other teams. We won’t give up until 5pm at Chesham on the last day of the season.

“We’ve got to keep going and the first target is to reach April and still be in touch. It’s going to be very tough for us but I still think there will be a twist to things.

“We’re a much better team than when I took over and I still believe we can get those five wins. That still might not be enough with Frome winning their last two games.

“But if a team goes on a losing run we’ve got to be in a position to capitalise.”