Ford always believed Puritans would get something from game

Banbury United's Darius Browne scored in successive games
Banbury United's Darius Browne scored in successive games

Banbury United manager Mike Ford says his side’s battling qualities were there for all to see in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash at Swindon Supermarine.

The Puritans drew 2-2 at their Division One South & West play-off rivals despite playing for most of the game with only ten men after Leam Howards was sent off. Darius Browne and Ricky Johnson were on target for the Puritans.

Even with ten men, I couldn’t see us losing the game, we’ve only lost once in 17 league games

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday) clash with Marlow at Spencer Stadium, Ford said: “It was possibly our best performance in terms of the siutation we faced.

“But even with ten me, I couldn’t see us losing the game because I’ve got so much faith in these players, we’ve only lost once in 17 league games.

“I told the players at halftime I still believed we could win the game in the second half because we’ve got so much quality going forward.”

Marlow are in the lower reaches of the division but had a decent run in the FA Cup, reaching the third qualifying round before losing to Oxford City and Ford knows nothing is guarateed.

He added: “Many neutrals will look at the table and think it’s a comfortable home win but if Marlow play out of their skins and we are poor then we will lose.”

Ford has a full squad to choose from for tonight’s game but hinted he will make changes from Saturday’s game.