Ford full of praise for Puritans despite final day setback

Banbury United's Manny Duku gives chase against Kettering Town
Banbury United's Manny Duku gives chase against Kettering Town

Despite ending the Evo-Stik Southern League campaign with a final day defeat, boss Mike Ford was full of praise for his Banbury United side.

A late goal from Aaron O’Connor condemned the Puritans to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Kettering Town in Saturday’s premier division clash at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium. Manny Duku cancelled out Ben Baker’s early opener from a second half penalty but O’Connor took advantage of a defensive error to grab the winner.

We lost our way in recent weeks, in terms of performance, but that was more like it

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “We lost our way in recent weeks, in terms of performance, but that was more like it. If you take the goals out of it, we’ve won it by a mile, that’s how we need to play next season, get on the ball and be brave.

“I thought we were excellent, there was a spell in the first half when we didn’t manage the game very well because we kept giving the ball away. It was a poor goal to concede from a set-piece and the winner came from a back pass, I can’t recall Jack Harding making a save in the second half.

“We had such a young side out there against an experienced team and totally dominated the game, played some great stuff but gave away two comical goals, especially the second one. It was a good performance to end the season, just a pity about the goals we gave away.”