Ford wants pressure to come from the bench

Banbury United's Duran Martin evades against Yate Town's Brett Trowbridge  at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Duran Martin evades against Yate Town's Brett Trowbridge at Spencer Stadium
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Banbury United manager Mike Ford has thrown down the gauntlet for his fringe players to prove their worth.

The Puritans boss wants those who are yet to feature on a regular basis to start putting more pressure on the ones wearing the red and gold shirt.

We’ve shown we can go anywhere and get a result

Puritans boss Mike Ford

The Puritans head to Burnham for Monday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash looking to complete the double and move back into the play-off positions. United beat Burnham earlier in the season at Spencer Stadium and Ford will be looking for three more Division One South & West points on Monday.

He said: “It’s another opportunity for us to get three more points but we will treat it like any other game.

“We’ve shown we can go anywhere and get a result, we’ve drawn at the top two teams Cinderford and North Leigh, but equally if you don’t do things right you can get beat by anyone.

“I used to look at league tables but it’s pointless. We are where we are now because we’ve had 15 good games.

“There a lot of things you need to get a result, including being able to defend well and score goals, and we’ve shown we’ve got that.”

Ford gave some his squad players their chance in Tuesday’s Buckingham Charity Cup tie and said: “It was good to give players who haven’t had many minutes on the pitch the chance to show me they are ready to step in.

“But they also have to show us that same commitment in training. They know there have been times when I have changed my team between 7pm and 9pm on a Thursday night because of the way some have trained.”