Ford is relieved to get off the mark

Banbury United's Ricky Johnson gets past Swindon Supermarine's Ash Taylor at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Ricky Johnson gets past Swindon Supermarine's Ash Taylor at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Mike Ford was relieved to see his new-look side get off the mark in Tuesday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash.

A late equaliser from Chris Ovenden denied the Puritans all three points in the Division One South & West contest.

It was a relief to get off the mark and the players did everything I asked of them

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Last season’s top scorer Leam Howards gave the Puritans the first half advantage but Ford’s boys had to settle for a share of the points at the end.

The games come thick and fast at this stage of the season and United face two more games in four days starting with Saturday’s trip to Bridgwater Town followed by Tuesday’s clash with Burnham at Spencer Stadium.

Ford said: “It was a relief to get off the mark and the players did everything I asked of them.

“We’re still a very inexperienced team and we only had three senior players in the line-up on Tuesday. Marlow were quite physical at times but my players coped with it and it was a much better 90 minute performance than on Saturday.

“We would have settled for a point before the game so we have to look at it as a point gained even though we were leading against ten men.

“The game changed when Marlow went down to ten men, we began to keep the ball but we didn’t do enough with it so my players need to manage those situations better in the future.”