Another point but Puritans’ performance disappoints Ford

Banbury United's Mark Bell closes down Shortwood United's Ross Staley. Photo: Brian Rossiter
Banbury United's Mark Bell closes down Shortwood United's Ross Staley. Photo: Brian Rossiter

Despite seeing his side extend their unbeaten Evo-Stik Southern League run to ten games, Banbury United manager Mike Ford was not happy with the display at Shortwood United.

The Puritans drew 0-0 in Saturday’s Division One South & West clash but Ford was less than impressed with his side’s first half display.

We weren’t very good in the first half but we improved in the second half

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “It wasn’t a great spectacle, we weren’t very good in the first half with the elements but we improved in the second half and passed the ball much better.

“We seemed to lack motivation in the first half and we didn’t have enough desire to win the game. We had to gee the players up at halftime and we shouldn’t need to do that, they need to do that for themselves.

“But it’s a really good point, Shortwood is a difficult place to come and we looked the only side that showed a bit of class out there in the conditions. Shortwood were organised, defended well and got the ball early quickly and Jack Harding’s save was the defining moment.”