Ford bides his time over making additions to squad

Banbury United manager Mike Ford is biding his time
Banbury United manager Mike Ford is biding his time
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Banbury United manager Mike Ford will be looking for his side to maintain their good Evo-Stik Southern League run at Larkhall Athletic on Saturday.

The Puritans bounced back from Saturday’s FA Cup exit at Hartley Wintney to draw 0-0 with Evesham United in Monday’s Division One South & West clash.

I’m always looking to add to the side but I don’t want to bring in a central defender who is not able to play out from the back

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “It was a very disappointing result on Saturday but we’re a very young side and they are good lads. I’m always looking to add to the side but I don’t want to bring in a central defender who is not able to play out from the back.

“There are a few experienced players I could get which would cost us money but they might not be right for us in the long term. We over-play at times and make mistakes but I want this team to evolve.”

Ford also explained his decision to leave top scorer Leam Howards on the bench for the cup tie and why he took him off against Evesham. Although Ford had hinted that he would rotate his squad for two games in three days, the cup tie was a game United badly needed to win.

He said: “Leam Howards has played a lot of games and was looking tired so that’s why I went with Louis Joyce who had been looking sharp in training.

“Leam probably didn’t have his best game on Monday and that’s why I brought Louis on, they are just decisions you make as a manager. There is competition for places because we’ve got two players for nearly every position.”