Ford will be waiting for Barcelos to get the all-clear

Banbury United striker Felipe Barcelos will have to prove his fitness for Saturday's game
Banbury United striker Felipe Barcelos will have to prove his fitness for Saturday's game

Banbury United boss Mike Ford will be hoping Felipe Barcelos will be fit for the play-offs.

The Brazilian striker missed last Saturday’s game at Yate Town with a virus and Ford said he will not be risked against Taunton Town in Saturday’s final Evo-Stik Southern League clash at Spencer Stadium.

I’ve got some big decisions to make, it may well be that some players who have been here all season won’t even be on the bench

Puritans boss Mike Ford

The Puritans entertain Taunton, looking to hold on to second place in Division One South & West and ensure a home tie in the final should they get past Swindon Supermarine or Winchester City in Tuesday’s semi-final.

Louis Joyce came back into the squad for Saturday’s game at Yate following his loan spell at Oxford City Nomads and he could play a big part in the run-in.

Ford said: “We’ll have to monitor Felipe [Barcelos] in training but sometimes it takes time to shake off a virus. We’ve got a strong squad so he will not be risked if he’s not 100 per cent fit.

“With Felipe being ill, it meant I had a player like Leam Howards to start and Louis [Joyce] on the bench. I’ve got some big decisions to make on Saturday, it may well be that some players who have been here all season won’t even be on the bench.

“Louis went out on loan because he wasn’t playing regularly. He’d lost a bit of confidence and he needed to get some games but he looked really sharp when he came on at Yate.”