Didcot Town boss Stuart Peace has set his side a challenge – to finish the season above at least one of their Oxfordshire rivals.

Didcot extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 4-2 win against high-fliers Leamington on Tuesday to put them within a point of Oxford City and seven off Banbury United.

Back in December, the Railwaymen, who travel to Truro City on Saturday, hovered near the drop zone.

“We want to make ourselves mathematically safe and I think we need another win,” said Peace, who is without keeper Matt Trott (banned).

“We want to get on a run and finish above one of the Oxfordshire sides.

“It’s a tall order because although we are a point behind City we have played three more games than City and Banbury are eight ahead.

“But we have to make sure that we do our bit.”

Peace said there was no secret to their resurgence.

“We needed to stop giving away silly goals and we did that. We ground out results and gave ourselves some breathing space.

“It means we can be more attacking. Josh Dutton-Black and Morgan Williams, who we haven’t been using have come back in.

“It’s like signing two new players because they are fresh and feel they have something to prove.

“Josh Huggins (three goals in two starts) has done really well, but it’s not just him, it’s the whole team.

“I can’t praise the players enough – their attitude has been first class.”

Banbury United could be without skipper Nathan Haisley (hamstring) when they take on play-off chasers Chippenham Town in the first of three games in five days.

Haisley has a hamstring injury, though Ben Milner (neck) and Jack Ashton (shin splints) should recover in time.

Boss Billy Jeffrey said: “The fixtures are crazy, but the main thing is that we are on 49 points and not on 34 points, so we’re not fighting relegation.”

Lee Steele could return from a hamstring injury for Oxford City when they host eighth-placed Halesowen.

Boss Mike Ford said: “Despite our recent good results, I think we still need a couple of wins to be safe.”

Mark Bell (back) is a doubt, but Jamie Brooks is back.

Abingdon United could give a debut to Niall Hodgkins after signing him on loan from Oxford United.

He is added to the squad for their home game against to Division 1 South & West basement boys Bracknell Town.

However, Leon Gordon (blood virus), Tom Franklin (suspended) and keeper Jon Beames (knee) are out.

Oxford City (v Halesowen Tn, home): from Knight, Clarke, Davis, Savage, Gordon, Gunn, Brooks, Sandy, Malone, Douglas, Harding, Ballard, Brooks, Faulkner, Janes, Moses.

Didcot Tn (v Truro City, away): from Bucknor, Sampson, A Williams, Stanley, Hopkins, Heapy, Mortimer-Jones, M Williams, Bartley, Draycott, Brown, Peirson, Alexis, John.

Banbury Utd (v Chippenham Tn, away): from Murrell, Stanbridge, Martin, Milner, Learoyd, Coleman, Benjamin, Stone, Shariff, Staff, Taylor, Hilliard, Redknap, Ashton, Foster.

Abingdon Utd (v Bracknell Tn, home): from Warrell, Elkins, Organ, Weedon, Carnell, McCalmon, Brown, Melledew, Mills, Gardner, Curtin, Hodgkins, Chri-stoulou, Hunt, McCalmon, Haysham.