Ford calls on supporters to make the difference

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

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Your club needs you. That’s the message from Banbury United boss Mike Ford to the club’s supporters.

The Puritans have five games left to try and make the Evo-Stik Southern League play-offs but face a harder task following Saturday’s defeat at Stratford Town.

My team should still have been applauded off at the end

Puritans boss Mike Ford

But, despite a huge backing, Ford felt the fans did not play their part as they have done in other games this season.

He said: “The supporters don’t realise how much we need them at times. The players know they have to give them something to cheer but I felt it was all a bit flat on Saturday.

“There may have been more expectancy on the players from the fans. The easy bit is to close the gap but the hard bit comes when you have to stay in there and keep the pressure on Merthyr Town.

“But, irrespective of the performance, we created enough chances to have won the game. The second half was a good performance, all that was missing was a goal.

“The pitch wasn’t great but we’ve played on worse and still won games.

“My players never gave up and deserved to be acknowledged at the end even though they lost the game. My team should still have been applauded off at the end.”