Home games will be the key to United’s survival bid

Banbury United manager Paul Davis know next two home games will be crucial
Banbury United manager Paul Davis know next two home games will be crucial

Banbury United’s relegation battle is reaching a point where they have to start 
winning games if they are to have a chance of staying up.

Without an Evo-Stik Southern League success in 2015, the Puritans have two home games on the trot and manager Paul Davis knows his side must pick up at least four points from them.

United entertain Truro City, sitting third in the premier division table, on Saturday followed by Dunstable Town the following weekend. At some point United will have to achieve back-to-back victories and the next two games give them that opportunity.

United’s last victory came at Cirencester Town on Boxing Day but Davis feels he now has a squad capable of getting the required points total despite last Saturday’s 6-1 thumping at Cambridge City.

His players showed their mettle in Tuesday’s 2-1 Oxon Senior Cup victory over Oxford City and that gave his side a much-needed boost for the next two games.

He said: “I believe we can get 21 points from our remaining games but we must pick up four – or better still six – from our next two homes games and look for ten points from the other five.

“I’ve now got a squad of 19 to choose from and to be honest all 19 are good enough to start. There is competition for places and if I’d been playing on Tuesday I would be banging on the manager’s door for a place on Saturday.”

Davis knows United must build on Tuesday’s display, adding: “We won’t face a stronger side than Oxford City this season but I’ve told the players we must take that performance into Saturday.

“Truro will play a different style to City but we’ve still got to play a high pressing game and try to catch them on the break.”