Players showed maturity to get result says Ford

Banbury United's George Nash comes away with the ball against St Ives Town
Banbury United's George Nash comes away with the ball against St Ives Town
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Banbury United boss Mike Ford said his players showed great maturity to get over the line against St Ives Town.

He said: “I’m chuffed for my players, they showed great maturity, it was a fantastic result. We played with two new full-backs, the players stuck at it, kept plugging away and we were the team trying to win it.

Jack Harding has made one save but what a save it was

Puritans boss Mike Ford

“St Ives were set-up to come here and defend, try and nick a goal on the break and go home with all three points. If you score early enough then they have to change their plans but we didn’t.

“We spoke at halftime about staying patient, keeping the ball and recycling it. Apart from the penalty, we’ve had all the chances and if we’d have taken them earlier it would have been much easier.

“We have five or six corners in the first half and more than that in the second half. But their keeper has come and caught nearly everything.

“Of course it should have been easier, Jack Harding has made one save but what a save it was. It wasn’t total domination but we had the lion’s share of the play and caused our own problems.

“We got away with conceding a free-kick near the end which Jack Self bravely defended but then we gave the ball away again and encouraged them to come again at us.”