Double-header holds no fears for defiant Davis

Hicham Abdellah is ruled out of Banbury United's game against Weymouth but should be back for the trip to Poole Town
Hicham Abdellah is ruled out of Banbury United's game against Weymouth but should be back for the trip to Poole Town

When a team is facing a fight to survive, two games in four days against promotion chasers are the last ones they would want but Puritans boss Paul Davis says the pressure is not on his players.

Banbury United entertain Weymouth in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash before travelling to Dorset three days later to take on premier division title chasers Poole Town in a rearranged fixture.

It doesn’t matter who you are playing at this time of the season if you have something to play for

Puritans boss Paul Davis

United go into the double-header on the back of two unbeaten games over the Easter period, a 3-0 success at basement boys Burnham and a creditable 1-1 draw at play-off chasers Redditch United.

But they still remain second from bottom, 11 points from safety although they have a couple of games in hand on Frome Town and Biggleswade Town, the two clubs immediately above the drop zone.

United’s priority remains to get out the relegation zone but that seems increasingly unlikely so the next target is to get above Arlesey Town.

Davis said: “There’s no reason why we can’t win our three remaining home games and if we can take seven points from the next two games I’d be happy. The pressure is on Poole now that Corby have gone clear at the top and Weymouth have dropped away.

“Apart from Poole, Redditch was our hardest away game and we’ve got a point there. Four points from the Easter weekend is a good return but I’ve told the players we need to build on that over the next two games.

“There is a lot expected of Weymouth and Poole after the season they’ve both had but now the pressure is on them. Poole have lost their last two games and Weymouth have been on a poor run.

“But it doesn’t mater who you are playing this time of the season if you have something to play for, they have and so have we.”