Ford rings the changes as Puritans get back on track

Banbury United's Mark Bell takes on the Slimbridge defence. Photo: Edwin Barson
Banbury United's Mark Bell takes on the Slimbridge defence. Photo: Edwin Barson

Banbury United manager Mike Ford had hinted he may shuffle his pack and he did so as the Evo-Stik Southern League leaders got back on track.

Following the midweek setback at Taunton Town, Ford made changes in defence and midfield for Saturday’s Division One South & West 3-1 success at Slimbridge and the United boss said it’s up his players to make it difficult for him to leave them out.

It was just a case of steadying the ship after Tuesday’s result

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Goals from Ricky Johnson, Leam Howards and Felipe Barcelos kept United on top of Division One South & West.

Ford said: “It was just a case of steadying the ship after Tuesday’s result.

“It was an ugly game, the pitch was awful which was a leveller. We didn’t get the ball forward with any quality in the first half.

“We got a couple of goals up but allowed them back into. We’re always capable of scoring goals and did what we needed to.”