Davis sets target for Puritans to survive

Banbury United manager Paul Davis has set his side a tough target
Banbury United manager Paul Davis has set his side a tough target

Paul Davis doesn’t call them ‘must-win’ games but the Banbury United boss knows his side’s chances of staying up could rest on three of their next four outings.

The Puritans have five Evo-Stik Southern League games in 15 days starting with Saturday’s trip to Histon where Davis will be looking for a good response from his players.

Successive defeats leave the Puritans bottom of the premier division and Saturday’s game is followed by Tuesday’s clash with Biggleswade Town at Spencer Stadium where Burnham arrive a week later.

In between, United face a tough test against Chesham United before the Boxing Day trip to Cirencester Town, who are in third place.

Davis said: “I wouldn’t say we’re in a position yet when these three fixtures are ‘must-win’ games but I know how important it is to beat the teams in the bottom ten.

“If we could take nine points from Histon, Biggleswade and Burnham it would give us a massive boost.

“We need two wins each month to stay and if we can get a couple of those wins in one week it would take so much pressure off the other games.

“We’re in a scrap, our home games are important in front of our fans but we’ve got to pick up points against those teams around us. Home or away, we need to win those battles.

“It’s still in our hands but we need to get back to how we know we can play. We’ve got to go out and try to win games instead of trying to keep it tight. I’m not sure we’ve got enough experience to be able to play like that.”

Tom Ryan misses Saturday’s game through a one-match suspension picked up against Ramsbottom United.