Stein looks to crack the Glassboys

Edwin Stein backed his players despite defeat
Edwin Stein backed his players despite defeat

BANBURY United boss Edwin Stein will be extra keen to put one over Stourbridge in Saturday’s premier division clash at Spencer Stadium.

In only his second game in charge, Stein saw United thumped 8-1 by the Glassboys in September but much has changed since that gloomy Tuesday evening and the Puritans boss will be looking to show Stourbridge how much his side has improved.

United were beaten 3-1 by Arlesey Town on Tuesday but got back to winning ways on the road with a 2-1 success on Saturday at Bideford, where goals in each half from Marvin Martin and Wayne Blossom won it despite Matt Andrew’s stoppage-time goal

“I’ll be very keen to beat Stourbridge on Saturday after what happened up there just after I took over,” said Stein.

“The most important thing for me over the last few weeks is the players buying into what we are trying to do here.

“We’ve got a responsibility to the club and the supporters and the players want to be part of that. But we’re not afraid of giving players here the chance to go to league clubs and it can benefit both parties.”

Jack Ashton is still a doubt for Saturday with a trapped nerve and Ryan Plowright has been ill this week but Scott Bridges returns after suspension and George Allen is back after having to play a reserve game for Stevenage on Tuesday. Kenzer Lee got a slight groin strain in the warm-up but should be fit.

More on United in this week’s Banbury Guardian.