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Match Preview: Banbury United (H)
Salisbury look to extend their lead at the top of the table on Saturday with the arrival of Banbury United to the Ray Mac.
The Whites are currently top of the Zamaretto Premier Division with a two point lead ahead of Truro City and still hold a game in hand.
16th placed Banbury have won 8, drawn 7 and lost 17 so far this campaign. However, they managed a comprehensive 3-0 win over Weymouth last weekend and also recently held Cambridge to a 1-1 draw away from home.
The Whites have gone unbeaten in the league since their defeat to Truro, but Darrell Clarke’s squad has been plagued by injuries in recent times and it’s another week that hasn’t been kind to them with several of the squad carrying injuries.
Ben Adelsbury misses the game through suspension, while Ben Joyce, Darrell Clarke, Stuart Anderson, Brian Dutton, Jamie Turley, Michael Cooper and Chris Shephard are all rated doubtful ahead of Banbury’s visit.
Darrell Clarke has urged all involved in the club to play their part in seeing the team through to the end of the season. Speaking to the club’s website he said:
“It’s that time of year where everyone naturally gets a bit anxious, from players and staff to the fans because we’ve got nine cup finals ahead of us, five more here at the Ray Mac. But it’s important to keep a cool head and concentrate on doing our jobs.”
The manager went on to emphasise the importance of the club uniting in the face of the large number of injuries to the squad.
“It’s no secret we’ve been hit hard by injuries and it’s a very testing time for all of us. I want to ask the fans to be patient with us because they are going to play a massive, massive part for us in these last few games. I have a young squad here and they’re influenced and buoyed by the great support they get week in, week out – it really does make a difference.
I’d ask the fans not to let their anxiety reach the pitch. We’re down to the bare bones at the moment but everyone of those lads will need the Ray Mac crowd behind them. The fans have been fantastic all season and we all go in for the final push together. Keep it loud, keep it positive and let’s give it all we’ve got in these remaining matches.”
Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm.
Live commentary will be available on Spire FM.
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