​Wilson praises Banbury efforts

​Kevin Wilson was pleased with his Banbury United’s side efforts after they claimed a 1-1 draw at Chester FC in his first game in charge.
Kevin Wilson applauds the fans after Saturday's draw. Photo: BUFC.Kevin Wilson applauds the fans after Saturday's draw. Photo: BUFC.
Kevin Wilson applauds the fans after Saturday's draw. Photo: BUFC.

​Manny Maja’s second-half spot kick earned the Puritans a point, although it took a last-gasp penalty save from United keeper Jack Harding to ensure a share of the spoils.

And Wilson, appointed last week to replace Mark Jones (see page 39), was pleased with the final outcome.

He said: "I wasn't satisfied at half-time as I didn’t think we’d got on the ball enough and showed what we’re capable of and unfortunately Chester went 1-0 up and we hung in there.

"At half-time I made the decision to change our system and I think it worked very well. We’re in it together and Ethan Fitzhugh was brought off because I needed to change it and it’s a very good point away from home.

"When you’ve got Jack Harding in goal you stand every chance and if I’m honest he was outstanding all game and pulled off a great penalty save at the end. The back three were excellent too when we changed it.

"Everybody put a shift in and that’s what was really pleasing.

"It’s a happy dressing room at the moment with seven points out of a possible nine, so I’m delighted with a shift at a place that’s always difficult to come to and given their league position.”

Wilson still has plenty of work ahead to keep Banbury in the National League North, with them still only five points outside the relegation zone. They are at home to Rushall Olympic this weekend.

But he feels his emotional connection with the club has made it a worthwhile job to take on.

He said: “It was quite emotional being at the game last Tuesday night as both my parents have passed away now and my grandad worked at the club and it’s coming back to where it all started for me.”