Boss will not be swayed as to which side he chooses

Banbury United manager Mike Ford
Banbury United manager Mike Ford

Banbury United boss Mike Ford says he has to stay single-minded when it comes to team selections.

The Puritans boss has had to play some players out of position and experiment with different formations but he’s turned it around.

My job is to recruit players and have the final say on who plays

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Some changes have been enforced through injury and unavailability but others have been of his choosing.

On-loan Oxford United striker George Jeacock made his debut at Kettering Town, following a spell at Brackley Town, with Leam Howards starting on the bench.

Ford said: “My job is to recruit players and have the final say on who plays. My job is to make decisions and stay away from other people’s opinions.

“The players’ attitude was excellent in the week so I couldn’t make changes for the Kettering game. The only change was George Jeacock coming in, he’s a young player who will need to be left out of the team from time to time.”

And Ford says the arrival of Jeacock will make his other strikers work harder.

He said: “George is only 18 and is still learning the game but he loves to score goals.

“It means all my strikers have got to work even harder to be in the team, there is real competition for places.”