Ford delighted to see Bell ringing the right tune again

Banbury United's hat-trick hero Mark Bell gets in his shot despite the attentions of Wantage Town's Sam Barder
Banbury United's hat-trick hero Mark Bell gets in his shot despite the attentions of Wantage Town's Sam Barder

Banbury United manager Mike Ford was delighted to se Mark Bell back to his best in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League thumping of Wantage Town.

Bell, who has found it difficult to recapture his early season form before he was injured, completed a hat-trick in the 8-1 Division One South & West victory but Ford also picked out George Nash, Darius Browne and Leam Howards for special praise.

That was a bit more like the Mark Bell we know

Puritans boss Mike Ford

He said: “That was a bit more like the Mark Bell we know but for me George Nash was outstanding. He is a complete professional in the way he looks after himself and he is an eight of ten player every week, so it was good to see him get his first goal.

“Leam Howards is not on a contract so he is not obliged to come to games when he is unavailable but he got on the team coach to all three of the games while he was suspended. He’s a bubbly character and he looked as though he really wanted to be out on the pitch against Wantage.

“Leam gives the team lots of pace and energy but he needs to realise what his strengths are. Darius Browne has not had many games where he has played for the whole 90 minutes but I knew what he could give us and that he would be physically capable of doing that.”