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A Look Ahead To Banbury United at Home

Sunday, 25 February 2018 13:34


Back on home soil on Saturday, St Neots Town welcome Banbury United to the Premier Plus Stadium.   After being very early season leaders of the table Banbury have spent most of the season just outside the play-off places and are currently eighth, five points and three places ahead of our lads at the time these notes were penned.   At the end of the 2014/15 season Banbury finished 21st in the table and was relegated to the South and West Division but roared back to win promotion back to the Premier Division at their first attempt.   In our nine meetings with Banbury we have won four times and drawn twice but all four of those victories came in our first five meetings, so some recent improvement would be desirable.   Earlier in the season we travelled to Banbury returning with a creditable draw thanks to a Dylan Williams goal in the second half, having trailed at half time.   Banbury are a fan-owned club and have been playing at Step Three since the year 2000.   Recently their best showing at this level was last season when they finished sixth – just one place but five points below the play-offs.

Banbury have reached the first round Proper of the FA Cup three times in their history but this season they bowed out at the third round qualifying stage to Northern Premier League side Shildon.   In the FA Trophy they defeated Tiverton (whom they had also knocked out of the FA Cup) but lost to Farnborough in the Second Qualifying Round and in the BFB League Cup they were early casualties losing to lower graded Didcot Town in the first round.  Only beaten once in their last six League outings, Banbury’s form is improving with two wins and three draws plus that defeat at the hands of league leaders Hereford.   However, victory at Slough and a draw away at Kings Lynn were excellent results.



John Walker

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