Kerr knows Bulls must avoid slip-ups

Josh Deegan cuts between Malvern's Richard Fleming and Ben King to set up Banbury Bulls first try NNL-150119-095509002
Josh Deegan cuts between Malvern's Richard Fleming and Ben King to set up Banbury Bulls first try NNL-150119-095509002

Head coach James Kerr will be looking for his Banbury Bulls side to stay on course for another appearance in the final of the Oxon Knockout Cup on Saturday.

Bulls take a week off from Midlands Two West South action when they travel to Grove for Saturday’s Oxon Knockout Cup quarter-final tie.

Kerr said: “Grove play a level higher than us but we beat them at this stage of the competition last season and we will go there confident we can do it again. Hopefully, we will have a couple of players available from injury but we’ve got good depth in the squad this season so we’ve players who can come in if required.”

Dan Tooth, who missed the Malvern game, should be back while Brett Richmond and Rory Dymond will have treatment during the week and could return. But Simon Brand is still sidelined and Jimmy Manley is ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury.

Kerr admits Bulls cannot afford to drop more points if they are to challenge for promotion but was pleased with the way his side bounced back against Malvern.

He added: “The defeat at Leamington was a big setback for us and leaves us nine points behind the top two. But the players learned from that defeat and responded with a good performance against a strong Malvern side.

“It was frustrating not to get the bonus point, we had one or two opportunities late on but just couldn’t cross the try line.

“We’ve still got to play Old Laurentians and Newbold-on-Avon but we can’t afford any more slip-ups. This division is very tight and the defeat at Leamington proved that any team can beat anyone on their day.”