Ford admits Puritans didn’t warrant three points

Banbury United manager Mike Ford NNL-180225-081430009
Banbury United manager Mike Ford NNL-180225-081430009

Banbury United boss Mike Ford admitted his side did not do enough to warrant all three points against Stratford Town.

Nabil Shariff’s late penalty saw the Puritans draw 1-1 in Monday’s Evo-Stik League South clash at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium. Greg Kaziboni had given United the first half lead in the premier division central clash but former striker Shariff earned Stratford a late point.

It was a fair result, we played for a draw, not intentionally, so that’s what we got

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “It was a fair result, we played for a draw, not intentionally, so that’s what we got. We played a bit safe, tried to defend our lead but Stratford didn’t cause us any problems.

“We have to sometimes accept that we may lose a game in a bid to win it.

“I told the players at halftime it looked as though we were the away side, holding on to what we had. We did enough in the first two homes games to win them but not today.

“Stratford changed their shape and had a bit more of the ball in the second half. But, apart from the penalty, James Goff hasn’t had anything to do.”