Ford happy to see Puritans make their point on road

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

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The last time Banbury United boss Mike Ford saw his side’s unbeaten run ended they went on to lose the next three games after that.

So, despite Tuesday’s point at St Ives Town not looking great on paper, Ford was happy to see his side avoid a second successive defeat following Saturday’s 2-1 reverse against Frome Town. That ended an impressive eight-match unbeaten run in the premier division.

We make life difficult for ourselves because we keep giving away goals

Puritans boss Mike Ford

The Puritans took an early lead in Tuesday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash through Conor McDonagh’s sixth goal since he arrived at the club but were pegged back by Josh Dawkin’s first half equaliser.

St Ives went on to edge the second half and in the end Ford was happy to end up with a premier division point.

He said: “Looking back on the draw the next day, I’m quite content with a point now because the last time we lost an unbeaten run we lost the next three games.

“So getting a point means we stopped that straight away. St Ives gave it a right go and I have to give them credit for that.

“We’ve come here on a Tuesday night and got a point. We’re on 25 points now and we’re halfway towards my first target for the season.”

But Ford was again left frustrated by the way his team gave away the equaliser. And that’s something which is clearly irking Ford.

He said: “We make life so difficult for ourselves because we keep giving away goals. St Ives got back into a game they didn’t deserve to be in, so we’ve got to stop giving away ridiculous goals.

“I don’t want to see their equaliser again because we had eight players behind the ball for the throw-in and they still managed to find their player.”