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FOOTBALL: Davis bids to boost chances of Didcot job
10:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Non League
Didcot Town’s interim manager, Paul Davis, is hopeful that he will be offered the job on a permanent basis, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.
Davis, who is in sole temporary charge with Gary Elkins now out of the frame, is among 15 applicants for the post at the Calor League Division 1 South & West club.
And he feels that he is the right man to succeed Andy Wallbridge.
“Obviously there are a few things which count against me; I have no previous management experience and I’m still at a young age,” he said.
“But I’ve already been involved with several other Southern League clubs, I know the league and I’ve worked with a good pool of players.
“We need to bring in some players here at Didcot and I would have to convince them to come and play for me, because they certainly wouldn’t be coming for the money.”
The Railwaymen recorded just their second win of the season last weekend, beating Fleet Town 1-0 , and Davis believes it has rekindled their confidence ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Taunton Town.
He added: “There’s a sense of belief in the players at the moment.”
Didcot are without injured duo Lance Williams and Jamie Heapy, who are expected to remain sidelined for another two to three weeks, but will be boosted by the return of defender Joel Meade.
Young midfielder Taylor Janes faces a fitness test after picking up a knock in Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup game against Oxford United.
North Leigh boss Mark Gee believes his side’s exceptional home form has been key to their impressive start to the season.
The Millers host Bridgwater Town looking to extend their record-breaking run of nine successive league wins, having won every game at Eynsham Park so far this season.
He said: “Our home record in the previous two or three seasons has been poor and I think it’s cost us a play-off position before, but now we seem to have that sorted.”
Midfielder Josh Dutton-Black has joined Oxford City Nomads on a temporary basis, while Michael Alexis (hamstring) is likely to be out for two more weeks.
Banbury United’s Premier Division match at Frome Town has been postponed due to the hosts’ FA Carlsberg Trophy tie against Poole Town.
It has been rearranged for Wednesday, January 15.
Didcot Tn (v Taunton Town, away): from Beesley, A Williams, S Parish, Carnell, Meade, McKirnan, Mills, Baines, Haysham, Janes, Longford, J Parish, S Blenford.
North Leigh (v Bridgwater Tn, home): from White, Warrell, Hole, Caton, Westlake, Gunn, Organ, Williams, Bowles, Turk, Osborne-Ricketts, Else, Walcott, Sanders, McDonagh, Woodley.
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