Ford wants fans to see Puritans 
at their best

Banbury United manager Mike Ford
Banbury United manager Mike Ford

Banbury United boss Mike Ford was pleased – and relieved – to see his side put on a show in front of a big crowd.

And the United boss is hoping many of those who came down to Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup replay for the first time – or a long time – will return in their numbers. There have been times when United have come up short when the expectancy levels are raised but that wasn’t the case against Weymouth.

When you make progress in the FA Cup it gives everyone a lift and raises expectations

Puritans boss Mike Ford

There is no doubt that the FA Cup is a big draw in itself and there should be a bumper one for Bath City’s visit later this month, but Ford would love to see bigger crowds at all United’s home games.

He said: “We’ve got a fantastic tie to look forward to because Bath City are a massive club. We had a great crowd for Tuesday’s replay and anyone seeing us for the first time will have enjoyed that and will want to come back.

“When you make progress in the FA Cup it gives everyone a lift and raises expectations. We know it will be a difficult task against a club from a division above but we went out to a team two levels below us last season.”

Meanwhile, with Northampton Town keeper James Goff’s loan extended until the end of the month, Jack Harding is being given some match time at Daventry Town.