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Looking ahead to Saturday's visit of Banbury United with John Walker

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:40


The midweek defeat by Coalville dealt a severe blow to St Neots’ hopes of a reprieve from relegation at the end of the season.   Now with just six matches left their task is to pick up six more points than Lowestoft Town in the end-of-season run in.  However, with one of those six opponents being third in the table Kings Lynn and two others away at high-flying Rushall Olympic and neighbours St Ives their task is looking increasingly more difficult.    The two matches that might offer a better chance of picking up points are their final match of the season when Halesowen visit, currently three points beneath them in the relegation zone and this coming Saturday when Banbury United are visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium.   Banbury are currently nine points but only three places ahead of Mark Abbott’s side and have only won once in their last nine league matches – at home to Needham Market.   They were rocked by a recent four points deduction after playing an illegible player in two league matches and in the first meeting of the two sides in September, St Neots ran our 3-1 winners with goals from Nabil Shariff (2) and Dylan Williams.   Banbury have been notable for their inconsistency in recent seasons for they were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 2014/15 season yet bounced back the following year from Step Four to finish just one place away from an end of season play-off for promotion to Step Two.   A glance at the records shows that Banbury have only once won at St Neots in five visits and last season St Neots won 3-0 with goals from Nabil Shariff, Dylan Williams and Jordan Norville-Williams.


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