Ford looks for United to extend sequence

Conor McDonagh is staying at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium
Conor McDonagh is staying at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium
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Banbury United’s victories – and defeats – tend to come in threes this season.

So, with two home games coming up on the back of last weekend’s dramatic late victory over Stratford Town, the Puritans should have every chance of extending that sequence.

We had momentum before the enforced break but we’ve taken four games to get it back. I don’t want us to lose that now

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Both games are against teams at the bottom of the Evo-Stik Southern League table. But boss Mike Ford will not be taking Hayes & Yeading United or basement boys Cinderford Town lightly.

The Puritans entertain Hayes & Yeading on Saturday and Ford will be looking for his players to build on their confidence boosting victory over Stratford which helped them retain their place in the premier division top ten.

That brought to an end a three-match losing run and Ford said: “There was a real ‘feel-good’ factor around the ground afterwards. Now we need to get some momentum going into our next two games.

“To get that victory so late on Saturday was a massive boost for the players’ confidence going into the festive period. We managed to drag ourselves off the floor and get the right result.

“We had momentum before the enforced break but we’ve taken four games to get it back. I don’t want us to lose that again now.

“Yes, the next two games are ones we can win but this is a difficult division and we have no divine right to take three points. We’re on 34 points now and in the top ten, so we want to remain there.”

Ford revealed Conor McDonagh has turned down a seven-day approach to stay at the club but whether George Jeacock remains after his loan spell is up next month has still to be decided.