Ford relieved to see strikers back amongst the goals

Banbury United's Felipe Barcelos found his goal scoring boots at Dorchester Town
Banbury United's Felipe Barcelos found his goal scoring boots at Dorchester Town
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Banbury United boss Mike Ford admitted he was relieved to see his strikers start to deliver Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup victory at Dorchester Town.

Felipe Barcelos struck twice and Ricky Johnson got the other goal in United’s 3-0 victory in the first qualifying round tie.

Strikers get paid to finish and they’ve not been doing that recently but on Saturday they did

Puritans boss Mike Ford

He said: “Strikers get paid to finish and they’ve not being doing that recently but on Saturday they did.

“I decided to change the shape of the side because we needed to be more difficult to beat, we had to wise up a bit.

Now Ford can look forward to a second qualifying round tie at Cirencester Town later this month.

He said: “It’s a draw which both clubs will be happy with. Cirencester will be happy with a home draw but I feel it is a tie we can win.

“I was just happy to be in the hat for the next round because I hadn’t realised just how poor the club’s record in the competition was.”

The Puritans now face two difficult Evo-Stik Southern League away games in the space of four days.

Saturday’s trip to Kettering Town is followed by a longer midweek trip to current premier division leaders Chippenham Town three days later.

Ford added: “We’ve got two hard away games before the next round. They are games we won’t be expected to get anything from.

“Our budget is a million miles away from our next opponents Kettering so we have to cut our cloth accordingly. But we’ll go into both games with more confidence after Saturday’s success.”