Puritans’ performance angers Ford following narrow defeat

Banbury United manager Mike Ford was not happy his side's display
Banbury United manager Mike Ford was not happy his side's display
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Banbury United boss Mike Ford was left to reflect on a disappointing display after his side’s unbeaten run came to an end at King’s Lynn Town.

Toby Hilliard’s solitary goal sunk the Puritans in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash. But it was the manner of United’s premier division defeat which angered Ford.

We couldn’t cope when they stopped us trying to play, the players raised the white flag

Puritans boss Mike Ford

He said: “I think they wanted to win the game more than we did. That may have been because they had a fantastic win at Buxton and also that we beat them earlier in the season, but that shouldn’t have made any difference.

“Jack Harding hasn’t had much to do but again we’e lost a game of football. We were the only team trying to play football, credit to King’s Lynn, they stopped us playing but we gave up on our style of play.

“King’s Lynn’s intentions from the start was to stop us playing. But in those situations you have to keep playing.

“We couldn’t cope when they stopped us trying to play, I told the players they raised the white flag. We dominated possession at the start of the second half and looked as though we would rip them apart.

“But they got on top and we stopped playing. The players need to show more character than they did on Saturday.

“We’ve got to keep playing football, our players are not physically big enough or experienced enough to get into a scrap.”