Next three games will determine Puritans’ survival

Banbury United's Darius Browne challenges Truro City skipper Jake Ash at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Darius Browne challenges Truro City skipper Jake Ash at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United’s survival chances will be determined by their next three Evo-Stik Southern League outings.

The Puritans face two home games, against Dunstable Town and Chippenham Town, while sandwiched in between is a trip to relegation rivals Arlesey Town.

Manager Paul Davis said his side face “13 cup finals” between now and the end of the season but he knows the importance of these next three games. United are without a win in 2015 and have lost their last five outings but Davis is not conceding defeat yet.

He said: “A lot of people have written us off and if we don’t get the points we need after the next three games they might be proved right.

“But if you would have offered me these three teams at this stage of the season I would have taken them. Two of them, Dunstable and Chippenham, have nothing much to play for, and Arlesey are fighting to stay up like us.

“They are all big games at this stage of the season, I don’t like to call them ‘must-win’ but we have to start picking up three points soon. We’ve got 13 cup finals left to get the points total we need.”

Despite their poor run since the turn of the year, United still have a chance to get out of trouble. But it now looks increasingly likely that it will be three from four clubs who will finish in the relegation zone following Dorchester Town’s revival.

Five wins in their last seven outings has taken them clear of trouble while Biggleswade are on the slide, having picked up two points in their last six games.

But United must beat Dunstable on Saturday to give themselves a fighting chance. It is a ‘must-win’ game.