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Looking ahead to Redditch and Banbury

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:05


After last weekend’s hectic programme normality resumes with the more familiar Saturday/Tuesday pattern of matches.   The Saturday afternoon visitors are Redditch United who by their own standards and expectations have had a second consecutive disappointing season.   Three seasons ago they only just missed out on the play-offs finishing sixth, just a point behind our lads despite having topped the table at Christmas.   The following season having been deducted three points for an ineligible player they finished runners-up to Poole but were beaten in the semi-final play off by Leamington and last season they fell to finish seventeenth.   At present (prior to the midweek matches) they were fourteenth in the table three points behind our lads, after last weekend losing narrowly at home to promotion chasing Weymouth.   Last season for the first time Redditch lost at St Neots after four consecutive victories at the Premier Plus Stadium.

Next Tuesday Banbury United are the final midweek visitors of the season.   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 ninth, eight points and five 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.


John Walker





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