Puritans looking to extend their excellent run

Banbury United keeper Jack Harding kept another clean sheet against Slough Town
Banbury United keeper Jack Harding kept another clean sheet against Slough Town
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Banbury United boss Mike Ford will be looking for his to extend their excellent start against King’s Lynn Town this weekend.

The Puritans have produced back-to-back 1-0 victories on their return to the premier division of the Evo-Stik Southern League.

It’s been a great start, six points and two clean sheets but the game against Slough was a reminder of what premier division football is all about

Puritans boss Mike Ford

United have taken the end of term run of form into this campaign and much of that has been down a strong defensive unit. That defence was tested to the maximum against Slough Town on Tuesday.

And the Puritans will be looking to keep that run going against King’s Lynn in Saturday’s clash at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

Ford said: “It’s been a great start, six points and two clean sheets but the game against Slough was a better one for us than at Basingstoke. It was a reminder of what the premier division is all about.

“Slough tried to play but the ball went forward at the right time, they were strong and well organised, they stopped us playing. It was a raw game of football.”

But Ford is looking for a defensive player to add to his squad following the departures of Charlie Wise and Declan Benjamin.

Ford added: “Charlie Wise left because he felt he wasn’t going to get in alongside either Andy Gunn or Jack Westbrook.

“You have to be able to play a certain way for me and I just felt Declan Benjamin wouldn’t be a regular. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit you’ve made the wrong choice.”