Ford salutes his players after coming through tough test

Banbury United's Olle Stanbridge comes away with the ball at Didcot Town. Photo: David Shadbolt
Banbury United's Olle Stanbridge comes away with the ball at Didcot Town. Photo: David Shadbolt

Banbury United manager Mike Ford paid tribute to his players after they secured their place in the Evo-Stik Southern League play-offs.

A solitary first half penalty from Ricky Johnson earned the Puritans three more Division One South & West points in Saturday’s tough test at Didcot Town, where Ford was without several players through illness.

You don’t always win games of football how you want to over the course of a season

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “Andy Ballard got Didcot fired up and they were really up for it. They stopped us playing but for all their endeavour and pressure I can’t recall Jack Harding making a save.

“We’ve done what top sides do, come away and a get a result in difficult conditions.

“This was always going to be a tough game, Andy has got Didcot playing the way he wants them to now that he’s got the job permanently. They made it difficult for us but my players were outstanding in a different way.

“You don’t always win games of football how you want to over the course of a season, sometimes you have to do it a different way and we did that at Didcot. We’ve had difficult games before and we’ve had to battle for victories.”