Davis sets United up to be a tougher nut to crack

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Banbury United manager Paul Davis says his players must take advantage of any good fortune that comes their way if they are to stay up.

The Puritans missed the chance to get out of the Evo-Stik Southern League relegation zone following Saturday’s defeat at Dorchester Town but were only seconds away from going back to the bottom of the table three days later.

A stoppage-time equaliser at Slough Town denied Burnham all three points which would have taken them back above United but Davis says his players must take advantage of that bit of good fortune.

He said: “I was relieved to see Slough get a late equaliser against Burnham but we can’t keep relying on other teams to do us favours. We’ve got to take advantage of the situation and my points target remains the same.

“But I’m not looking down the table but at the teams above us and where we need to get to.”

United entertain Hungerford Town in Saturday’s premier division clash at Spencer Stadium where Declan Hartigan serves the third of his three-match ban but Jack Westbrook begins his three match suspension.

Davis says United will have a more defensive approach to Saturday’s game, given the quality of the opposition.

He said: “Hungerford are the best side we’ve played this season so we will approach Saturday’s game with more caution. We need to keep it tight early on to give ourselves the chance to get into the game.

“We know our strengths and we’ve got goals in us because we are scoring in nearly every game but we’ve just got to be tougher to break down, especially early on.”

Looking back on the 3-1 defeat at their relegation rivals, Davis added: “The players are not too downbeat after Saturday because they know we had a couple of big decisions go against us.

“It was a big setback for us and the table looks as though we’re playing catch-up again but pundits who think we’re down do so at their peril.”