Davis sticks to belief that home form will save Puritans

Arlesey Town keeper Nick Thompson clears from Banbury United skipper Tom Ryan. Photo: Guy Wills
Arlesey Town keeper Nick Thompson clears from Banbury United skipper Tom Ryan. Photo: Guy Wills

Despite winning just three times at Spencer Stadium, Banbury United boss Paul Davis still believes it will be his side’s home form which keeps the club up.

The Puritans entertain Chippenham Town in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash which they must win if they are to have a realistic chance of getting out of trouble.

Davis, like any manager in this position, is avoiding calling it a ‘must-win’ game but knows the importance of back-to-back home wins.

The Puritans let slip a two-goal advantage at Arlesey and that’s something they can ill afford to do in their remaining games.

Davis said: “I’m not going to call it a ‘must-win’ game against Chippenham but we must pick up something on Saturday. If we don’t then we will have to do so at Corby and Poole, which will be harder for us.

“We’ve got five home games left and only one of those is against a team in the top ten so they are all winnable. If we can win four of them and pick up a win on the road that could do it for us.”

Davis is calling on the supporters to play their part in the great escape and added: “The fans probably don’t appreciate how big a part they can play. It really helps the players when they get behind the team, especially kicking towards the Town End in the second half of games.”