FA Cup: Puritans must go into tie with momentum says Ford

Banbury United manager Mike Ford
Banbury United manager Mike Ford

It certainly wasn’t the draw Banbury United officials and supporters would have wanted.

The Puritans will travel to Wealdstone in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup following Monday’s draw. But manager Mike Ford feels it is a tie his side can win.

If we can keep this run going we will go to Wealdstone with plenty of confidence

Puritans boss Mike Ford

After comfortably seeing off fellow Evo-Stik Southern League outfit Cirencester Town on Saturday, United now face a tricky trip to the Vanarama National League South side.

It will be United’s third away tie on the spin and by far their toughest as Wealdstone sit just outside the play-off positions.

The tie will take place on Saturday, October 1 which means the premier division game at St Neots Town will have to be rearranged.

Ford said: “I won’t be mentioning the FA Cup because we’ve got two very important league games before then. But if we can perform well in those games and keep this running going we will go to Wealdstone with plenty of confidence.

“Initially, I thought ‘okay, it’s a tie we will not be expected to win’. But now I feel we can go there and have right go at them and we are capable of getting a result.

“I could tell in the build-up that the players were up for it on Saturday. Cirencester having a man sent-off obviously helped us but even up to that point we had all the possession.

“Once the third goal went in we played some fantastic football.

“It was a bonus to have Zac McEachran back. He’d been out for six weeks but had kept himself fit.

“He looked good in training, not 100 per cent, but good enough to start and he looked as though he hadn’t been away.”