Ford full of praise for Puritans’ performance

Banbury United striker Steve Diggin closes in as Leiston keeper Marcus Garnham claims the ball
Banbury United striker Steve Diggin closes in as Leiston keeper Marcus Garnham claims the ball

Banbury United boss Mike Ford felt his side were good value for their slender victory over Leiston.

A solitary goal from substitute Ricky Johnson earned the Puritans back-to-back Evo-Stik Southern League wins. United were far more comfortable winners than the score suggests in the Premier Division Central fixture.

We controlled the game from start to finish, that was of our most disciplined performances during my time here and we’ve had a few of them

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Ford said: “Leiston scored five in midweek but they didn’t have a serious shot on our goal. We controlled the game from start to finish, that was of our most disciplined performances during my time here and we’ve had a few of them.

“Over 90 minutes, against a team that is in confident mood, there are going to be periods when you have to defend but we were outstanding at the back. We had a good shape and, but for a couple of occasions when we switched off, they didn’t trouble us.

“We played really well in the first half and deserved to be ahead but the last thing you want to be doing against a good side is chasing the game. We didn’t create that many chances but we were in control.

“Leiston started the second half well and that convinced me I needed to make a change. We needed some fresh legs out there and that’s why I made the changes.

“We should have made the game safe, Ricky [Johnson] missed a good chance and should have headed another across to Steve Diggin, and Jack Self was just inches away from converting at the far post. So my only complaint is that we’ve got to take those chances in tight games.”