Ford counting down the games to the big one

Banbury United's Felipe Barcelos goes past Tiverton Town's Ben Mammola at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Felipe Barcelos goes past Tiverton Town's Ben Mammola at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United regained top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League following Monday’s 2-0 victory at Wantage Town.

Second half goals from Charlie Wise, his first for the club, and substitute Felipe Barcelos earned United all three Division One South & West points at Wantage.

Our finishing has cost us lately, it cost us two points against Tiverton

Puritans boss Mike Ford

That took Mike Ford’s side back to the top, a point ahead of Cinderford Town, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Shortwood United.

Ford said: “Before the game I asked the players if we can we make the Taunton game a huge one. To do so we’ve got to win four games on the run and we’ve ticked one of those off the list at Wantage.

“It might be a case of sacrificing the performance for the result at this stage of the season. We had plenty of chances, including a missed penalty, but got the goals at the right times.

“All credit to Wantage, it was a derby and they acquitted themselves well but the pitch was a great leveller. It’s just things you have to overcome to be successful.

“The ball kept dropping in and around their six-yard box in the first half and it kept falling to them. Our finishing has cost us lately, it cost us two points against Tiverton as well their keeper’s display.”