Ford has big decisions to make for the opener

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has some big decisions to make for Saturday's opener
Banbury United manager Mike Ford has some big decisions to make for Saturday's opener
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Banbury United are back where they belong and, 12 months on from the start of a successful promotion campaign, Southern League premier division football returns.

The Puritans kick-off the new Evo-Stik Southern League campaign at Basingstoke Town on Saturday before welcoming Slough Town to the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium on Tuesday.

It’s another step up but it’s one I believe we can make

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Manager Mike Ford has promised his side will not change the style of play which reaped rewards last season.

He said: “As a football club we’ve come a very long way in a short space of time. I’m really pleased that the way I wanted the team to play brought success to the football club.

“It shows there is a more attractive way to play football and we’re going to play the same way again. But we’re going to be playing against better quality opposition.

“I’ve got some big decisions to make at Basingstoke and I’m sure the team which starts the season won’t be the same which finishes it.

“It’s the perfect start for us but the result at Basingstoke shouldn’t make any difference to the attendance on Tuesday. There should be a big crowd to see our first home game back in this division.

“The fans saw us win plenty of games last season and we need to try and keep that going, especially at home.

“We need to win games early on to give everybody belief and confidence. It’s another step up but it’s one I believe we can make.”