Ford admits letting Howards go was a hard decision

Leam Howards has left Banbury United

Leam Howards has left Banbury United

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Banbury United boss Mike Ford admitted it was a hard decision to allow Leam Howards leave the club.

Home fans at Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash with Kings Langley will see a much-changed squad to the one which lost to Redditch last month. Duran Martin, Felipe Barcelos and Leam Howards have all left while Conor McDonagh and Oxford United loanee George Jeacock have joined the club and Marvin Martin has returned.

I’ve now got three quality strikers but it wasn’t an easy decision to let Leam Howards go

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Howards has since signed for Ardley United, teaming up again with former Puritans boss Paul Davis.

Ford said: “I’ve now got three quality strikers at the club but it wasn’t an easy decision to let Leam [Howards] go. He’s been a fantastic kid for us and I hope he goes on to score lots of goals.

“He may not feel like it at the moment but the door is always open for him to return.

“As a manager you have to do what you feel is right for the club. I listen to opinions but I have to make the final decision.

“Conor McDonagh was a player I had my eye on for a few weeks. He wanted to stay at Oxford City and play Conference football but knew his chances were going to be limited.

“He has the physical presence required for the premier division and I know the supporters will really like him.”