Ford unhappy with players’ application despite goal rout

Banbury United's Darius Browne on the attack against Wantage Town NNL-160201-192218002
Banbury United's Darius Browne on the attack against Wantage Town NNL-160201-192218002

Despite seeing his side hit eight goals for the second time this season, Banbury United manager Mike Ford was not happy with some of his players.

The Puritans thumped Wantage Town 8-1 in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash but Ford was disappointed with some of his players’ application leading up to the game. Mark Bell completed a hat-trick as the Puritans boosted their goal difference in Division One South & West but it was the first half display which Ford was not happy about.

In the first half we were rubbish but in the second half we were much better

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “In the first half we were rubbish but in the second half we were much better. The younger players learned a lesson in that if you are a million miles away from where you should be the opposition will find a way to get at you.

“I don’t expect my players to live like monks but it was obvious they had not looked after themselves over New Year, which was very disappointing.

“My players may have looked at the fixture and thought it would be easy. We had the wrong mind set in the first half but they responded well in the second half.”