Ford sets his players final day target for showdown

Banbury United's Mark Bell is foiled at Didcot Town. Photo: David Shadbolt
Banbury United's Mark Bell is foiled at Didcot Town. Photo: David Shadbolt

If the final game of the season is going to mean something then Banbury United boss Mike Ford says his side have to win their next two games.

The Puritans have clinched an Evo-Stik Southern League play-off place but the final game against third-placed Taunton Town could still have plenty riding on it.

I’ve challenged my players to make sure the game with Taunton means something

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Before then, the Puritans entertain AFC Totton in Saturday’s Division One South & West clash before travelling to Yate Town. United are still top with Cinderford Town making hard work of overhauling them but Ford is more concerned with guaranteeing second place.

He said: “I’ve challenged the players to make sure the game with Taunton means something. To do that we’ve got to win our next two games, not rely on other teams around us dropping points.

“Cinderford have been up there all season and the pressure is on them but we’ve got to focus on our games.”

Callum White got 90 minutes football on Tuesday and Charlie Wise had an hour in the Buckingham Charity Cup tie at Old Bradwell United after both missed last weekend’s trip to Didcot Town through illness.

Saturday’s game against AFC Totton is again reduced admission prices with £5 for adults and under-16s free.