Shariff set to return to boost Puritans’ survival bid

Nabil Shariff is set to return to Spencer Stadium
Nabil Shariff is set to return to Spencer Stadium

Nabil Shariff is set to return to Spencer Stadium to boost Banbury United’s fight to retain their premier division status in the Evo-Stik Southern League.

The club put in a seven-day approach for the striker last month but Shariff decided to stay with Stamford. However, the former Puritan contacted manager Paul Davis at the weekend to say he would like to return to Spencer Stadium, where he was popular with the supporters.

Davis was part of Edwin Stein’s coaching staff during Shariff’s second spell at Spencer Stadium and knows what he can add to the side.

He said: “Nabil is very good at holding the ball up in the final third and that will give us something different in attack.

“He should be available for Saturday’s game at Cambridge City but he won’t be signed in time for next week’s Oxon Senior Cup tie with Oxford City.”

Shariff is expected to sign on Thursday at training while Davis will also new signings Thomas Amegnaglo and Martin Esmel available to face Cambridge.

Amegnaglo is a Togo under-20 midfielder who has played for Chippa United in South Africa, AS Douanes de Lome in Togo and Hapoel Rishon LeZion in Israel. Esmel is a 19-year-old French central defender and has been with Oxford City Nomads.