Players must deal with the pressure of being top says Ford

Banbury United's Ricky Johnson celebrates with the fans at the Town End at the end of Saturday's game
Banbury United's Ricky Johnson celebrates with the fans at the Town End at the end of Saturday's game

Banbury United boss Mike Ford says his players will now have to get used to being the team to beat after they went top of the Evo-Stik Southern League.

The Puritans knocked Winchester City off top spot with a 2-1 success in Saturday’s Division One South & West clash at Spencer Stadium, their eighth win on the spin.

Ford said: “That’s our eighth straight win and we are the team in this division with the momentum. We didn’t get into the play-off places until December, we’ve come late and we’ve just got to make sure we keep winning games.

“Teams will come here now that we’re the leaders wanting to beat us or get a point but we’ve just got to make sure we plan the same way for every game. The players have got to deal with that pressure and if they do we should be okay.”

And Ford will be hoping for another good turn-out for Tuesday’s clash with Bridgwater Town at Spencer Stadium. There were nearly 600 against Winchester and Ford added: “It was a great crowd, the game deserved it, and so did the players.

“I just hope we can a decent turn-out again on Tuesday, we should be looking at another 350-plus. The board has done a great job with promoting games but it’s the players who are the ones who can attract big crowds.”

The players have got to deal with that pressure and if they do we should be okay

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Click on the link to see David Shadbolt’s video from Saturday’s game.