Rasulo and Diggin can deliver the goods says Ford

Banbury United's Georgio Rasulo takes on Tamworth's Aman Verma
Banbury United's Georgio Rasulo takes on Tamworth's Aman Verma

Banbury United boss Mike Ford says he is looking forward to getting the best out of Giorgio Rasulo.

The Puritans boss played Rasulo up front for the second game running against Tamworth in Saturday’s Evo-Stik League South clash. Although the former MK Don failed to break the deadlock, Ford felt his overall contribution gave his side an extra dimension in the final third.

Giorgio [Rasulo] showed his quality and I’m sure there is a lot more to come from him

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Rasulo partnered Steve Diggin up front and had a couple of chances in each half to bag his seventh goal since joining the club. Those goals will surely come for Rasulo who made his name doing just that at youth team level.

Now Ford is looking for Rasulo to start finding the back of the net again after a couple of frustrating seasons in midfield for MK Dons.

He said: “Giorgio [Rasulo] showed his quality and I’m sure there is a lot more to come from him. He linked up well with Steve Diggin and Greg Kaziboni against Tamworth. In the first half we didn’t give him enough of the ball and he got frustrated because we were just sending it long.

“We started well but then our forward passing wasn’t great. I told him at halftime to play closer to Steve Diggin and he got a lot more of the ball in the second half, he showed his quality.”

Diggin has yet to get off the mark for his new club but has endured an injury-interrupted start to his career at United. But Diggin has been a marksman all his career and, once that first goal goes in, many more will follow.

For the past two seasons at Brackley Town, Diggin was used mainly as a substitute so it was perhaps too much to ask for him to hit the ground running.

It is not as though Diggin has missed glaring opportunities in front of goal, he has not had that many chances as yet.

What cannot be questioned is Diggin’s contribution to the team, leading the line and bringing others into play in the final third.

Ford added: “I’m sure once that first goal goes in Steve will go on to prove his worth for us. Had Steve been playing at North Leigh he would have probably taken the penalty instead of Giorgio, so it could now be the other way around.”