Ford says Puritans are getting back to their best

Banbury United's Zac McEachran skips past Shortwood United's Adam Price at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Zac McEachran skips past Shortwood United's Adam Price at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Mike Ford saw his side maintain their impressive home form with a 2-1 victory over Shortwood United and reckons his players are getting back to their best.

Goals in each half from Zac McEachran and Felipe Barcelos put the Puritans in charge of Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash before Jake Lee reduced the arrears late on.

We need to keep more clean sheets but if we keep playing like that we’ll plenty more games

Puritans boss Mike Ford

The Puritans are now second in Division One South & West after Cinderford Town took over at the top.

Ford said: “We were just better than them simple as that. We were comfortable for 70 minutes until they got a goal back.

“We were good, the players were at it and we got two great goals. At 2-0 we should have seen the game out, which we did in the end.

“It was a good performance but we should have scored more goals, we should have been out of sight at halftime. If Ricky Johnson put the ball either side of the keeper in the first half he scores and Leam Howards should have scored at the end, so we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

“We need to keep more clean sheets but if we keep playing like that we’ll win plenty more games.”