Puritans must make most of opportunity to progress

Zac McEachran is back in the squad for Satrurday's Emirates FA Cup tie
Zac McEachran is back in the squad for Satrurday's Emirates FA Cup tie

Banbury United manager Mike Ford will be looking for his side to maintain their upturn in fortune in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie.

The Puritans head to fellow Evo-Stik Southern League outfit Cirencester Town for Saturday’s second qualifying round tie. And it’s a tie which the club’s fans will feel their side can safely negotiate.

All I can do is put a side out there, see them do their best and hope you get the right result

Puritans boss Mike Ford

United have come back strongly since losing four premier division games on the spin and capped it with a superb victory at leaders Chippenham Town on Tuesday.

Cirencester picked up only their second win of the campaign on Tuesday to get off the bottom but Ford’s boys should have too much ammunition on Saturday.

Ford said: “We’re now favourites to win on Saturday after Tuesday’s result. But that will be a totally different game and we will need to play more football.

“I know this club has not been successful in the competition and I’m aware of the financial rewards but I just have to treat it as another game.

“Cirencester are near the bottom of the table but they won on Tuesday, they may have a new manager for Saturday and that will lift their players.”

Oxford United’s on-loan striker George Jeacock has been given clearance to play. Zac McEachran will be back in the squad and Mark Janes should be available after missing Tuesday’s game.