Puritans need to wrap up points before big rush

Banbury United manager Paul Davis knows his side must take advantage two more home games
Banbury United manager Paul Davis knows his side must take advantage two more home games

The outcome of two home games in the space of four days will give Banbury United supporters a welcome early Christmas present or a pre-festive hangover.

The Puritans entertain Chesham United in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash and three days later lowly Burnham come to town in what can already be termed as a ‘six-pointer’ with both clubs propping up the premier division table.

United go into Saturday’s game having arrested their three-match losing run in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Biggleswade Town but the two dropped points leaves Paul Davis’s side adrift of their relegation rivals. So the Puritans boss will be delighted if his side can take six points from these two games.

Davis said: “These are two big games coming up for us at Spencer Stadium. If, after next Tuesday’s game, we’ve taken seven points from these three home games then the two dropped against Biggleswade won’t seem so bad.

“When I arrived I wanted this place to be a fortress but we’ve let in ten goals in our last three home games so it’s certainly not that anymore. But we’ve stopped the losing run and we have to build on that against Chesham.

“Depending on what happens with Hereford there could be several changes in the positions at the bottom of the table. But we’ve just got to make sure we get to our points target and see what happens.”

Chesham will be without former West Bromwich Albion defender Darren Purse who is suspended but a lack of attacking options for the Puritans must be overcome if they are to start winning games.

With Ade Talabi, who has been carrying a shoulder injury, unavailable for the next few games through work commitments, Davis has no recognised striker to call on. To that end, a seven-day approach has been made for Ardley United’s Ricky Johnson.

The return of the popular striker would go down well with supporters. Davis added he could call on another former Puritan Kynan Isaac who has returned to Luton Town from his loan spell at Oxford City, who this week signed United winger Shepherd Murombedzi.

Davis added: “I’m sure Ricky Johnson would get 20 goals if he came back and I think that would be enough to keep us up. We’ve got players here who I know would create plenty of chances for him.”