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Looking Ahead to Banbury United

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:40

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

This Saturday sees us travel to Banbury United for our next Southern League fixture.

The restructure of non-league football meant that the 2004-05 season was anticipated as keenly as any in the history of the club and Banbury United were equal to the challenge of Premier Division football – but only just. Winless after five games, they rose to ninth by the end of October but then struggled and by February had sunk to within one place of the relegation zone and spent two months there before a late improvement saw them to safety with a game to spare.   Five wins in the first eight games of the 2011-2 season took United to second place but as players left the cash-strapped club, tempted by better offers, an alarming slump followed. Winning only six of their next 31 matches, United fell into the relegation places on Easter Monday. Two wins in the last three games saw them to safety.   In 2013/14 Banbury finished 16th in the table nine points above the relegation zone.  Relegated the following season Banbury bounced straight back to the Premier Division via the play-offs.  Since then Banbury finished one place shy of the play-offs in 2016/17 and last season they were ninth.  This season they have started well and are fifth in the table – still unbeaten – with a match in hand of the four clubs ahead of them.

Our record at Banbury is not good with just one victory and two draws in five visits.   The one victory came five seasons ago when Jay Davies scored the only goal of the game but last season we battled well to a 1-1 draw with Dylan Williams producing a second half equalizer after we had trailed at the break.   At home it is a different story with four victories in five matches.  Good news for Saints fans is that it is expected that former striker Nabil Shariff is expected to be in the starting line-up following his return from his short spell with Stratford Town

John Walker

 

 

 

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