Victory was a bit too comfortable says Puritans boss

Duran Martin's shot flies past Slimbridge keeper George Burton to double Banbury United's lead at Spencer Stadium
Duran Martin's shot flies past Slimbridge keeper George Burton to double Banbury United's lead at Spencer Stadium

Despite seeing his side chalk up their seventh Evo-Stik Southern League success in nine outings, Banbury United manager Mike Ford had mixed feelings following Saturday’s victory against Slimbridge.

The Puritans won 3-1 to stay in the Division One South & West play-offs with two goals from Duran Martin and one from Zac McEachran.

But Ford said: “We didn’t have to get out of third, or even second gear, at times and it became a bit too comfortable. It’s nice to win games when we’re not at our best but we can’t accept dropping our standards.

“We’ve got to be at it for 90 minutes in every game because you have to do that against the better teams. If you don’t do it the right way every week you will come unstuck sometime.

“We’ve been playing in fits and starts in recent weeks but have been beating the teams we’ve been expected to beat so all credit to the players. We’ve not achieved anything yet but we’re in a good position although the demands on the players are increasing each week.”

Ford said he will make several changes for Tuesday’s trip to Lye Town in the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Ford added: “Tuesday’s game will give players who haven’t started or played recently the opportunity to stake a claim for a place at Shortwopod on Saturday. I don’t want to pick up injuries or yellow cards but the game gives us a chance to change things around and try a different system.”