Ford sees his changes pay off as Puritans progress

Banbury United's Ricky Johnson bagged his 50th career goal for the club at Dorchester Town
Banbury United's Ricky Johnson bagged his 50th career goal for the club at Dorchester Town

Banbury United manager Mike Ford can look forward to Monday’s Emirates FA Cup draw.

Felipe Barcelos struck twice as the Puritans won only their second game in ten years seasons in the competition with a convincing 3-0 victory at Dorchester Town in Saturday’s first qualifying round tie. Ricky Johnson also got on the score sheet with his 50th goal for the Puritans.

We didn’t play as much football as we normally do but we scored three good goals and we’re through to the next round

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “I decided to change the shape of the side because we needed to be more difficult to beat, we had to wise up a bit.

“We played some good football in the last four league games but lost all of them and we didn’t deserve to. We needed to be more dogged and we were.

“We didn’t play as much football as we usually do but we scored three good goals and we’re through to the next round.

“We showed a different side to our game in difficult conditions. The pitch was great but the rain and wind were difficult.

“We did to Dorchester what they did to us at our place but with a bit more style. We always looked a threat on the counter attack.

“The first half goal gave us something to hold on to for the second half. Getting the two goals quickly after halftime helped us and knocked the stuffing out of them.

“They didn’t create any chances, we scored three goals and created more chances. Strikers get paid to finish and they’ve not being doing that recently but on Saturday they did.”