FOOTBALL: Rain threatens to wash out fixtures

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Following recent heavy rain and with more downpours forecast today, there must be major doubts whether Evostik Southern League games involving local clubs will take place tomorrow.

Banbury United had a cracking 3-0 win over Premier Division high-fliers Leamington at Spencer Stadium on Boxing Day, and will be hoping their pitch stands up to hosting bottom club Kettering Town.

Skipper Jack Ashton comes back into the squad following suspension, but midfielder Scott Bridges starts a three-game ban after being sent off at Bedford Town.

Warren Plowright remains sidelined with injury, but Wayne Blossom is included.

North Leigh played at Eynsham Park on Boxing Day – when they went down 4-1 to Division 1 South & West leaders Hungerford Town – and are scheduled to be at home again against Cirencester Town.

Midfielder Michael Alexis will be missing with a one-match ban for five bookings, while Toby Clark is set to complete his three-game suspension.

Manager Mark Gee was also awaiting an update on Wayne Turk, who was substituted against Hungerford complaining of a migraine.

Didcot Town are also due to be back on home territory against bottom club Sholing after they beat local rivals Abingdon United 1-0 at the npower Loop Meadow Stadium on Boxing Day.

Manager Gary Elkins must decide whether to stick with Mauro Pereira in goal or revert to Marcos Belloli-Pereira. Lewis Noble is added.

Abingdon United’s trip to Swindon Supermarine looks in jeopardy as the Wiltshire club’s home game against Paulton Rovers on Boxing Day was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Banbury Utd (v Kettering Tn, home): Kidd, Cray, Plowright, Meade, Allen, Agyeman-Prempeh, Martin, Sharif, Skendi, Isaac, Talabi, Ahston, Ryan, Lait, Dumbleton, Blossom.

Didcot Tn (v Sholing, home): from Pereira, Belloli-Pereira, Elkins, Casson, Osborne-Ricketts, Stanley, Tappin, Webb, Haysham, Heapy, Williams, Browne, Harris, Janes.

North Leigh (v Cirencester Tn, home): from Warrell, Hole, Organ, Turk, Franklin, Westlake, Walcott, Brooks, Sanders, Hopkins, McDonagh, Mills, Else, Coyle, Bowles.

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