Benjamin departs as Puritans prepare for homecoming

Banbury United manager Mike Ford will be looking for his players to back up Saturday's display

Banbury United manager Mike Ford will be looking for his players to back up Saturday's display

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Prior to Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League opener at Basingstoke Town, Banbury United boss Mike Ford suggested the result should not have affect tonight’s (Tuesday) first home game.

But, having been so impressive in Saturday’s 1-0 victory, Ford and club officials will be hoping the display will add a few more on the gate for the first home game back in the premier division.

This group of players will give everything in every game to try and win it

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Slough Town are tonight’s visitors at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium where Ford will be looking for his side to build on Saturday’s opener.

But Declan Benjamin will not be in the squad, having decided to move to Didcot Town.

Ford said: “Slough will have looked at Saturday’s result and will probably raise their game because of it.

“So we’ve got to back it up on Tuesday night. That will be a difficult game and I’ve got to make sure the players are fresh to give us the best chance of getting another three points.

“There will be ups and downs but this group of players will give everything in every game to try and win it. This club has struggled for the last five seasons in the premier division, let’s make sure we’re not looking over shoulders this time.”