Ford wants players to be braver on the ball

Banbury United's Mark Bell turns inside Tiverton Town's Dan Smith at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Mark Bell turns inside Tiverton Town's Dan Smith at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United manager Mike Ford felt his side lacked the quality in the final third to get all three points against Tiverton Town.

Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash ended in stalemate at Spencer Stadium but the Puritans did enough to have the edged the points in the second half. Keeper Joe Perry pulled off three top drawer saves to earn his side a point in the Division One South & West contest.

We should have won the game and I told the players they need to be braver on the ball

Puritans boss Mike Ford

With Andy Gunn suspended, Ford started with top scorer Ricky Johnson alongside Charlie Wise. With Johnson at the back and Tiverton top scorer Owen Howe suspended both teams lacked a cutting edge up front.

Ford said: “The players worked hard and we just lacked the quality in the final third but their keeper has made three fantastic saves. We got a clean sheet but Jack Harding had nothing of note to save.

“We haven’t drawn a game since Boxing Day and we’re not the type of side to sit and take a point. I made changes in the second half to try and win the game because we’re a positive team.

“We should have won the game and I told the players they need to be braver on the ball, if not, we will still be in this division next season. Because we’ve passed the ball all season and that’s why we are where are.”