Puritans must work out the winning formula to push on

Banbury United striker Leam Howards is back in contention for Saturday's game
Banbury United striker Leam Howards is back in contention for Saturday's game

If Banbury United are to make the Evo-Stik Southern League play-offs they will have to turn draws into wins or, more to the point, stop allowing wins to become draws.

The Puritans have gone three Division One South & West games without a victory and simply must get back to winning ways against lowly Wantage Town at Spencer Stadium on Saturday.

I know we haven’t wo for three games but I’ve still been happy with the performances

Puritans boss Mike Ford

Following Saturday’s game, the Puritans are back on the road with a difficult trip to Tiverton Town who are in the play-off positions.

Mike Ford’s side sit seventh in the table but dropping points from winning positions has hindered their push for the play-offs and that’s something which will need to be addressed in the second half of the campaign.

United’s winless run has coincided with Leam Howards missing all three of those games through suspension. Last season’s top scorer is available again against Wantage but Louis Joyce is still suspended for two more games.

Ford said: “We’re now in the same situation as we were in earlier in the season when we’re drawing games from winning positions. We’ve got to get our belief back and start turning draws into wins again because we’re as good as any team in this league.

“We trained on Monday and went over a few things we wanted to work on but there was no mention of the Evesham game. We’re just looking ahead to the next game and we can go into it with plenty of confidence because of the way we played at Evesham.

“Wantage are struggling but I saw them recently and their players still battled for each other and they could be difficult to break down. The players – and the supporters – will have to be patient on Saturday.

“I know we haven’t won for three games but I’ve still been happy with the performances. If we take 1.9 points per game in the second half of the season, like we have in the first half of it, then we should be up there at the end.”