United are one game away from promotion

Banbury United manager Mike Ford is expecting a tough final at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United manager Mike Ford is expecting a tough final at Spencer Stadium

Banbury United are just one game away from regaining their Evo-Stik Southern League premier division status at the first attempt.

The Puritans take on Taunton Town in Monday’s Division One South & West play-off final at Spencer Stadium where the club will be expecting a crowd of four-figures plus to see them over the line.

We’ve just got to make sure we’re in control of our own destiny by doing things well

Puritans boss Mike Ford

A solitary goal from Felipe Barcelos booked United’s place in the final following Tuesday’s 1-0 semi-final victory over Winchester City.

Now the two teams which finished second and third in the table will meet each other to see who goes up.

United comfortably beat Taunton 2-0 in their final game of the regular season last weekend, having been thumped in the first fixture 7-1. But the west country side came from behind to beat Swindon Supermarine 2-1 in Tuesday’s semi-final.

Manager Mike Ford has an excellent record in the play-offs, as a player and manager, but he knows it’s now down to one final push for his side. And he would love to reward the fans with promotion at the first attempt.

Ford said: “A lot of these fans having been coming down here for many years, through thick and thin.

“I’d like to think that they would say they now have a team that wants to play, players who care and who they can trust to go about their business in the right way.

“Monday’s game will be a very tough one, we’ve just got to make sure we’re in control of our own destiny by doing things well.

“If we get beat by Taunton, I will shake their manager’s hand but hopefully he will be shaking mine at about 5pm on Monday.”