Ford refutes record against top ten

Manager Mike Ford is not too concerned Banbury United have not beaten a top ten side
Manager Mike Ford is not too concerned Banbury United have not beaten a top ten side

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has played down suggestions that his side have yet to beat a team in the top ten of the Evo-Stik Southern League.

The Puritans have lost just twice this season, to Swindon Supermarine on the opening day of the Division One South & West campaign at Spencer Stadium, and at Winchester City in October.

We’ve taken 41 points from 21 games and if we repeat that in the second half of the season we will have 82 points

Puritans bos Mike Ford

To have only lost twice after 21 games is impressive and, although United have yet to be beat a team in the top ten, Ford is not too concerned.

With the next three games, against the leaders Cinderford Town on Saturday, a trip to sixth-placed Taunton Town in midweek and the Boxing Day clash at Evesham United, coming up in quick succession, the Puritans have the opportunity to end that sequence.

But Ford said: “I know we haven’t beaten a team in the top ten but we’ve taken 41 points from 21 games and if we repeat that in the second half of the season we will have 82 points and I wouldn’t be concerned if we still hadn’t beaten a team in the top ten.

“It’s not an indication of how well you are doing if you don’t beat the top teams, if you can’t beat the teams around you it’s important not to lose to them and we’ve only lost to two of them.

“We’ve drawn at Cinderford Town, North Leigh when they were top, Swindon Supermarine and now Shortwood, so it doesn’t concern me.

“You can only beat what is put in front of you and we’ve achieved that against teams we’ve been expected to take three points from, especially in recent games.

“It was another tough test of character at Shortwood, that’s just two defeats after half the season and shows we can compete against teams when we need to, and in difficult conditions.”

Leam Howards misses Saturday’s game and the trip to Taunton as he concludes his three-match ban.