Banbury United boss Mike Ford used Darius Browne as an example of a player who is getting his rewards for sticking with the club.
Browne has bagged three goals in the last two games, including a brace in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League success at Cirencester Town.
Patience and hard work can be rewarded, that should be a lesson to others.Puritans boss Mike Ford
Ford said: “Darius [Browne] was in a similar position to Leam Howards and Duran Martin here. Whether he chose to or not, he decided to stay with us and now he’s playing.
“Patience and hard work can be rewarded, that should be a lesson to others. He’s very young and has got a lot to learn but I admire his resilience to stick around.”
And club skipper Andy Gunn is now having to bide his time after being the odd one out of United’s central defensive formation.
But Ford says Gunn accepts the situation and knows his captain will be ready to return when the opportunity arises.
He said: “Andy Gunn is the one missing out at the moment because Luke Carnell and Ricky Johnson have formed a good partnership. But things can change quickly, players have to wait for their opportunity, Andy knows that and he is still a big part of our squad.
“I had been changing the team from Saturdays to Tuesday to keep the players fresh but in the last couple of games I’ve kept the same side. That was a statement to show the players I will stick by them if they are performing well.”
Ford was delighted to see his side maintain their excellent form on the road with back-to-back premier division victories.
And they came against teams in the lower reaches, much to Ford’s satisfaction.
He said: “We’ve done really well against the top sides but perhaps not quite got the right results against teams further down the table. But we have over the last two games.”