Ford full of praise as Puritans move up

Banbury United's Zac McEachran takes on Yate Town's Nathan Gore at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Zac McEachran takes on Yate Town's Nathan Gore at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Mike Ford praised his side’s battling qualities after they moved up to fifth in the Evo-Stik Southern League.

The Puritans beat Yate Town 2-0 in Saturday’s Division One South & West clash at Spencer Stadium where goals in each half from the returning Ricky Johnson, his tenth of the campaign, and the outstanding Zac McEachran earned all three points.

They’re all good wins but that was probaly our best result so far

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “They’re all good wins but that was probably our best result so far. We weren’t at our best but the players showed great resilience.

“I couldn’t see Yate hurting us in the first half and that was probably our best defensive performance so far. Yate had one good chance and I didn’t see Jack Harding make too many saves but we could have been 3-0 up at halftime because Leam Howards has missed a couple of great chances.”

United showed a different side to their game in the second half as they allowed Yate to have plenty of possession looking to catch them on the break. And Ford said his side are capable of producing more displays like that.

He added: “I don’t like chasing the ball all over the pitch and leaving ourselves open in other areas. We’ve got good attackers and at times we are quite happy to let the opposition have the ball.

“We got stretched for a period in the second half but we stuck at it and Zac McEachran’s goal knocked the stuffing out of them.”