Puritans have two big games to get across the line

Banbury United's Felipe Barcelos takes advantage of a mix-up between Taunton Town keeper Lloyd Irish and Rob Farkins which led to the second goal
Banbury United's Felipe Barcelos takes advantage of a mix-up between Taunton Town keeper Lloyd Irish and Rob Farkins which led to the second goal

Banbury United manager Mike Ford knows his side has two games to go straight back up after they rounded off their Evo-Stik Southern League campaign with another victory.

The Puritans beat Taunton Town 2-0 in Saturday’s Division One South & West clash to seal second spot - and home advantage in the play-off final - if they get past Winchester City on Tuesday.

First half goals from Felipe Barcelos and Zac McEachran were enough for the Puritans to sink a Taunton side who beat them 7-1 last month. Now Ford wants to get the job done after taking up the challenge to get United back up at the first attempt.

Ford said: “We’ve got two games to get across the line and we’ve got to make sure we do it on Tuesday night. Having home advantage is not everything but when you’ve got a big crowd behind you it can make the difference.

“We lost at Taunton and Winchester but we turned it around against both of them down here. The players lost some pride down there so Taunton knew there would be a reaction from us.

“We had no pace in the game down there so we went with a different shape on Saturday.

The players lost some pride down there so Taunton knew there would be a reaction from us

Puritans boss Mike Ford

“We totally controlled the game, we expected them to come at us in the second half but Jack Harding has only had to make one save. Towards the end the game became stretched and we could have had more goals.”