FA Cup: Ford frustrated as Puritans miss the chance

Banbury United players and fans celebrate Ricky Johnson's equaliser at Wealdstone. Photo: Edwin Barson
Banbury United players and fans celebrate Ricky Johnson's equaliser at Wealdstone. Photo: Edwin Barson

Banbury United boss Mike Ford could not hide his frustration after seeing his side go out of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Puritans lost 2-1 at Wealdstone where Sahr Kabba came off the bench to deny Ford’s side a first appearance in the fourth qualifying round draw since 1980.

I don’t want any pats on the back for taking the club to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup. We should have been in the hat for the fourth qualifying round draw

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ricky Johnson had cancelled out Tom Hamblin’s first half opener after the restart but Kabba sent the Vanarama National League South outfit through with an 88th minute winner.

Ford said: “I don’t want any pats on the back for taking the club to third qualifying round of the FA Cup. We should have been in the hat for the fourth qualifying round.

“It was bitterly disappointing to lose because I felt we should have got something out of the game. We should have been taking them back to our place on Tuesday.

“If we had played poorly and lost 4-0 it would have been easier to take. Or if Wealdstone had been much better than us but that wasn’t the case.

“In the second half I can’t remember Jack Harding making one save to make apart from helping a ball over the bar. We spent 45 minutes getting back into the game and, despite not having the ball for long periods, we controlled it.”