Ford pleased to see the goals finally arrive for Puritans

Banbury United's Ricky Johnson wins a header against AFC Totton's Ian Oliver  at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Ricky Johnson wins a header against AFC Totton's Ian Oliver at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Mike Ford challenged his attacking players to produce the goods against AFC Totton and they did just that, but not after squandering a host of chances.

The Puritans won Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash 3-0 at Spencer Stadium where Ricky Johnson, Felipe Barcelos and substitute Darius Browne bagged the goals. That saw United go two points clear in Division One South & West after Cinderford Town dropped two more points at North Leigh.

Ford said: “I never doubted we would take the lead but we missed a host of chances and fortunately they didn’t come back to haunt us.

“I told the front six before the game that they hadn’t scored enough goals recently and also that the players coming off the bench have not made an impact. But on Saturday Ricky Johnson has scored, so has Felipe Barcelos and Darius Browne has come off the bench and scored, so that was pleasing.

“We scored the first goal at the right time but once we went 2-0 up we needed to play in their half more and it took a great save from Jack Harding to stop them getting a goal back. They shouldn’t have been able to get through like that which was disappointing because we were in total control at the time.

“But it was a comfortable afternoon for us although we didn’t control the game like I would have wanted us to have done in the second half.”