Ford looking for Puritans to bounce back at Taunton

Banbury United's Charlie Wise is beaten to the ball by Cinderford keeper Alex Harris
Banbury United's Charlie Wise is beaten to the ball by Cinderford keeper Alex Harris

Small margins decide tight games and Banbury United manager Mike Ford knew that was the case following Saturday’s defeat to Evo-Stik Southern League leaders Cinderford Town.

Lee Smith struck the only goal of Saturday’s Division One South & West clash to sink the Puritans at Spencer Stadium.

Ford said: “As the score line suggests, it was a tight game. A draw was probably a fair result but as an away side they will feel it is an excellent victory and so would I.

“These game are decided by small margins and we’re lacking in a couple of areas but not many. Lee Smith, who got their winner, has played in the Conference for Forest Green Rovers, and that was the difference.

“Jack Harding has had little to do but the goal was avoidable and when you play the top sides you get punished for any mistakes.

“We knew Cinderford would come here and try to press us high up the pitch so that’s why we tried to get the ball to Louis Joyce and Ricky Johnson earlier. But we probably tried to get it to them too early and we need to know when to hit the long ball over the top and not simply hit long balls.

“After they scored we went back to our passing game. We had chances at the end and I don’t think we deserved to lose the game, although I don’t think we deserved to win it either.

“We showed we can match the top sides, it was a tight game and we matched Cinderford for long periods.

“We’ve got a good group of players here but some of them need a rest and I will look to freshen things up for Tuesday’s trip to Taunton. We’ll dust ourselves down and get ready to go again.”