Puritans produce best start to new era

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has seen his side make best possible start in new era
Banbury United manager Mike Ford has seen his side make best possible start in new era

It’s been the perfect start to life under the new regime and manager Mike Ford will be looking to keep the feel-good factor going at Banbury United.

Following Friday’s CBS takeover at Spencer Stadium, the Puritans have enjoyed back-to-back victories in the Evo-Stik Southern League.

This weekend, United travel to Cinderford Town where Ford will be hoping his young side can return with more Division One South & West points following victories against Bridgwater Town and Burnham.

Ford said: “Cinderford won’t be an easy place to go but we’ll go there in high spirits. No game will be easy but I’m just concerned with this group of players.

“We’ve got a certain way to play and we will do that each week, no matter what the opposition do.”

The United boss was delighted with Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Burnham and added: “I picked the same side as I did at Bridgwater because I couldn’t leave anyone out after that performance.

“I told Mike Byrne [coach] that I want us to be hard to beat and on the evidence against Burnham we could be.

“But we can only do so much on the training ground, it’s up to the players to go and do it and they did against Burnham.”

“The players are beginning to understand their roles much better than they did a month ago.”

Meanwhile, United now know who their opponents will be in the preliminary round of the FA Cup. The Puritans will travel to Hartley Wintney after they beat Chinnor in Saturday’s extra preliminary round tie.

n CBS special report pages 6-7