Ford full of praise after United thwart the leaders

Banbury United manager Mike Ford praised his players after holding the leaders
Banbury United manager Mike Ford praised his players after holding the leaders

Banbury United manager Mike Ford was full of praise for his players after they became the first side to end North Leigh’s 100 per cent Evo-Stik Southern League home record.

Ricky Johnson’s late equaliser earned the Puritans a point in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at the Division One South & West leaders who took a first half lead through Keiran Sanders. But Johnson’s fifth league goal of the campaign earned United a deserved point.

Ford said: “That performance and result should give the players plenty of belief. We’re the first team to take something off them at their place and we deserved to.

“North Leigh started well and tried to press us but they didn’t create too many chances and their goal came out of nothing really. We didn’t change that much in the second half but we had some good chances before we equalised.

“The short corner routine which led to our equaliser was one we went through the night before on the training ground so it was very satisfying to see it pay off.”

But Ford is guarding against over-expectation ahead of Saturday’s trip to AFC Totton. The United boss felt that may have influenced Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Winchester City.

He added: “After last night’s result, some supporters will be thinking we can just go there and get the points, I think that may have been the case at Winchester. But I’ve got to make sure the players keep producing that same level of performance.”