Ford looks to end the month on a high note

It's been a tough time for Banbury United says boss Mike Ford
It's been a tough time for Banbury United says boss Mike Ford

Banbury United are now serious play-off contenders following an excellent run hich has seen them climb up the Evo-Stik Southern League.

October has been good for the Puritans who have taken ten points from five games and manager Mike Ford is delighted with his side’s return ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy trip to Hungerford Town.

It’s been a tough month, we’ve been on the road a lot and had some high-tensity games

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Tuesday’s victory over Didcot Town moved the Puritans up to sixth in the Division One South & West table. Now Ford can turn his attention to Saturday’s first qualifying round tie at premier division Hungerford.

Ford said: “Hungerford is a bonus game for us really, they’ve got a big budget for that level and they should be in the play-offs at the end of the season.

“But if they underestimate us and we can produce a good performance we could surprise them, there won’t be a lot in it.

“It’s been a tough month, we’ve been on the road a lot, had some high-intensity games and played the leaders who hadn’t dropped a point at home and now we’ve beaten a side who are through to the first round of the FA Cup.

“But we’ve had a good run, after 14 games we’ve got 27 points, which is a really good return for us. We’ll have a right good go at Hungerford on Saturday, we want to finish the month off with a good result.”