Feel-good factor can push club forwards

Banbury United manager Mike Ford
Banbury United manager Mike Ford

These are exciting times at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

Banbury United remain unbeaten in all competitions and can now look forward to a tasty home tie in the Emirates FA Cup.

Our home form has been turned around this season but we have to keep winning games

Puritans boss Mike Ford

The Puritans booked a second qualifying round tie with Bath City following Tuesday’s replay against Weymouth and the club can look forward to a big crowd for that one later this month.

Before the tie, United have a couple of Evo-Stik League South games to get through and manager Mike Ford will be looking for his side to maintain their excellent start.

The Puritans entertain lowly St Neots Town on Saturday and three days later travel to basement boys Bedworth United.

United have quickly turned around their home form this time following a poor run at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium last season. Ford will want to keep that going on Saturday and make sure it is not a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show.

On paper, they are two games United are fully capable of taking maximum points from but Ford said: “The FA Cup tie will take care of itself, whatever happens in the two league games before then. But those two games are so important for us and we’ve got to make sure we keep this run going.

“Our home form has been turned around this season but we have to keep winning games. St Neots gave us a right going over last season and they won’t be any different on Saturday.

“Bedworth will be desperate to get something against us, so they are two tough games. We cannot afford to take our eye off the ball or we will drop points.”