Puritans playing catch up as they look to close gap

Banbury United manager Paul Davis
Banbury United manager Paul Davis

Banbury United manager Paul Davis is fully aware his side must win their two games in hand over relegation rivals Arlesey Town to have any chance of getting above the Bedfordshire club.

Banbury United manager Paul Davis is fully aware his side must win their two games in hand over relegation rivals Arlesey Town to have any chance of getting above the Bedfordshire club.

That remains the first objective for Davis ahead of Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash with Paulton Rovers at Spencer Stadium.

The Puritans are seven points behind Arlesey with eight premier division games to go but they will need to beat Paulton on Saturday to get back into contention.

One of those games has yet to be rescheduled, the home fixture with Slough Town, but Paulton are one of the clubs Davis reckons have nothing more than pride to play for unlike his side.

He said: “We’ve got eight games to go and there are plenty of points still up for grabs but, in the position we’re in, we’ve got to go to places and get the wins which we’re not expected to get. Our home games look easier than our away games so we need to take advantage of that on Saturday.

“Apart from Biggleswade, Arlesey have got games you wouldn’t see them getting anything from. But I didn’t expect them to win at Chesham on Saturday and they did.

“Paulton went on a great run earlier in the season but they’ve faded away recently although they had a good win against Weymouth last weekend. They don’t seem to have much to play for but that can sometimes work against you.

“The gap is bigger but we’re still trying to catch Arlesey to start with and see where it takes us after that. It would be so disappointing not to get above Arlesey and then see them survive because of any restructuring.”