Ford full of praise for his young guns

Banbury United's Callum White gets forward against Burnham. Photo: Katrina Edmunds
Banbury United's Callum White gets forward against Burnham. Photo: Katrina Edmunds

Puritans boss Mike Ford sang the praises of his young players following back-to-back victories in the Evo-Stik Southern League.

One of them, Nic Evangelinos, grabbed the winner against Burnham in Tuesday’s Division One South & West clash, while Leam Howards, with a brace, Carl Tappin and Zac McEachran all scored in Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Bridgwater Town.

Ford said: “Apart from the second half against Swindon Supermarine, the players have done everything we’ve asked of them. We’ve got a lot of talent going forward so if we can keep the ball out of our net we should do well.

“We’ve got some good characters, some good young talented players but most of all I’ve got a willing group. It will still be a long process because the squad is so young, so there will be ups and downs and we must keep the players feet on the floor.”

Looking back on Tuesday’s game, Ford said: “I felt we sat a bit too deep in the first half and we didn’t press the game. We could have won by more but we’ve got three points and kept a clean sheet.

“I thought the referee got some big decisions wrong, especially the disallowed goal from Ricky Johnson, Zac McEachran was fouled several times in one move in the area and Darius Browne was left in a heap late on.

“I was happy with Leam Howards’ performance, he had two efforts chalked off for offside but they were both centre-forwards’ finishes.

“They couldn’t live with Mark Bell at times in the second half, he’s got pace and is very clever on the ball. He created a lot of problems for them.”