Ford lays it on the line ahead of tough trip

Banbury United's Zac McEachran gets past Wantage Town's  Sam Barder and Piers McGlynn at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Zac McEachran gets past Wantage Town's Sam Barder and Piers McGlynn at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has laid the law down to his players ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tiverton Town for another tough Evo-Stik Southern League clash

The Puritans boss was not happy with his side’s first-half display, or indeed some of his players’ application, in Saturday’s thumping of Wantage Town.

If it’s too tough for them they should leave and play at a lower level

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Despite United hitting eight goals for the second time in Division One South & West, Ford says his younger players need to take more responsibility. And they will have to be better prepared for Saturday’s trip to Tiverton, who are in the play-off places.

Ford said: “We’ve got a lot of games coming up and I believe we can win very single one of them but it’s keeping that level of consistency each week.

“If we concede a goal at Tiverton like the one we did against Wantage we won’t get anything from the game and that was a reminder that you have to defend well in all games.

“We may have caught Wantage on a bad day but it doesn’t matter what the opposition do we need to maintain our own standards and we didn’t do that in the first half.

“These players have got good people around them to guide them. Mark Byrne is a UEFA A Licence coach, Matty Haycocks is a PE teacher and I’ve got a lot of experience in the game as a player and manager.

“They are at the right club at this stage of their careers. But if it’s too tough for them to cope with then they should leave and play at a lower level.

“It’s all about taking your opportunity. I told the players that with many games off on Saturday, there would have been more people at our game. But they wouldn’t have been impressed by what they saw in the first half.”