Ford backs players to keep club climbing

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has seen his side come a long way
Banbury United manager Mike Ford has seen his side come a long way

Banbury United boss Mike Ford says what his players have achieved has been nothing short of a minor miracle.

The Puritans have regained their Evo-Stik Southern League premier division status and had a decent run in the Emirates FA Cup during his time in charge.

These players have been outstanding and what they’ve achieved in the last 16 months has been a minor miracle

Puritans boss Mike Ford

And they’ve done it with a brand of exciting football which has brought the fans back through the turnstiles.

A six-game unbeaten run came to an end in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wealdstone but now Ford turns his attentions to two games in three days as side get back to league action. United entertain Biggleswade Town on Saturday before travelling to Cambridge City on Monday.

Ford said: “These players have been outstanding and what they’ve achieved in the last 16 months has been a minor miracle.

“The last time this club was in the premier division they won eight games all season, we’ve already won five. But there are no easy games this time and you have to earn the right to win every game.

“We’ve had a really tough time, going to places like Kettering, Chippenham and Wealdstone. But games against teams like Biggleswade and Cambridge are ones we must look to win, even though they are mentally more challenging to get something from.”

Ford was delighted with the response from his players on Tuesday against Cirencester and added: “Even if we had lost the game I couldn’t have questioned their commitment and attitude.

“After the emotion following the defeat at Wealdstone, they could have been very flat but they were great in the warm-up and in the game.”