Ford keen to change club’s cup pedigree

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

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Banbury United boss Mike Ford says he wants to change the club’s image when it comes to cup competitions.

The Puritans entertain Bishops Cleeve in Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy and Ford will be looking for his side to have a decent run in the biggest competition for non-league clubs.

As a club, I feel we’ve turned the tide in cup competitions

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Win a couple of rounds in this competition and there could be a tie against a big Vanarama National League side, especially with so many of them being former Football League clubs of yesteryear.

But first, the Puritans must overcome a Bishops Cleeve outfit which sits in the lower reaches of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West.

Ford said: “As a club, I like to feel we’ve turned the tide in cup competitions. We’ve not be known as a club which has good runs in competitions but I want us to become a club which wins cup games.

“We had a decent run in the FA Cup this season and a good run in the FA Trophy is very important for the club financially. But Bishops Cleeve gave us a difficult game last season down there.”

Ford has given his players the night off tonight (Thursday) and will be hoping the rest will recharge their batteries and they come back fresh for Saturday’s tie at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

The Puritans go into Saturday’s tie on the back of a defeat and draw in the premier division and Ford added: “We looked mentally tired against Frome Town on Saturday and some players looked jaded on Tuesday.

“We’ve had a tough run of Saturday and Tuesday games and more coming up and I’ve only got a 16-man squad which puts a big strain on players.”