Davis urges players to do themselves justice in cup final

Banbury United manager Paul Davis wants to finish the seaosn on a high note
Banbury United manager Paul Davis wants to finish the seaosn on a high note

Banbury United manager Paul Davis is looking to end a disappointing season on a high note in tonight’s (Thursday) Oxon Senior Cup final.

The Puritans meet North Leigh in tonight’s final at the Kassam Stadium where Davis is looking for his side to serve up some decent football.

It’s been a tough season for the players, and supporters, and they deserve something for all their efforts in recent weeks.

Puritans boss Paul Davis

The all Evo-Stik Southern League final is between two sides who met in the 2008 final which the Puritans lost 2-0 and were hardly in the game as North Leigh produced some excellent football.

North Leigh finished their Division One South & West campaign in eighth place and could well be up against United next season.

The United boss will be up against Mark Gee, who has been at the helm of the West Oxon club for 16 years and, like Davis, was given the opportunity at a young age. Davis is well aware of the good job Gee has done at North Leigh and knows his side will have to be at their best to win the cup.

He said: “North Leigh have got a great set-up and always seem to finish in the top eight. They’ve got some very good players, a good mixture of youth and experience, and I know quite a few of them.

“The pitch should be much better than it was earlier in the season, especially with the recent rainfall, and that should help the ball zip around on the surface. Whenever we’ve played on decent surfaces we’ve looked good but that will also suit North Leigh.

“It’s been a while since we got to the final and, with the relegation battle, it has been on the back burner for some time but now the players are really looking forward to it.

“It’s been a tough season for the players, and the supporters, and they deserve something for all their efforts in recent weeks.”