Ford counts cost as red cards prove a big handicap

Banbury United's Louis Joyce saw red at Lye Town
Banbury United's Louis Joyce saw red at Lye Town

Banbury United boss Mike Ford says red cards are costing his side progress in the Evo-Stik Southern League and cup competitions following Tuesday’s exit in the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Louis Joyce was sent off in the second round defeat at Lye Town and the Puritans’ exit means the club has lost the chance of hosting one of the big clubs in the latter stages of the competition.

Ford said: “We’re becoming a side that teams want to beat and they will do anything they can to unsettle us. My young players have got to learn quickly from getting into these situations because Leam Howards and Louis Joyce are two valuable members of this squad.

“Going down to ten men cost us two points at Swindon Supermarine and on Tuesday it has possibly cost us a place in the next round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

“We were miles better than Lye Town and I was delighted with our performance but we should have won the game 3-0 or 4-0 with the chances we had. Even with ten men, Lye didn’t have any shots on goal but we’ve got to cut out these stupid red and yellow cards in the second half of the season.”