More relaxed performances to come says Ford

Banbury United's Mark Bell takes on Shortwood United's Tom Moxham during Saturday's success
Banbury United's Mark Bell takes on Shortwood United's Tom Moxham during Saturday's success

Banbury United manager Mike Ford reckons getting knocked off their perch by Cinderford Town will lead to more relaxed performances.

The Puritans have lost just twice and drawn twice while amassing an impressive 14 victories at Spencer Stadium where they entertain Tiverton Town in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash.

We’ve won 12 out of 13 games and that’s a really good record

Puritans Boss Mike Ford

The blip at Taunton Town is a distant memory after back-to-back wins in Division One South & West and Ford said: “After going top we struggled against Bridgwater and Mangotsfield before losing at Taunton. But we’ve bounced back with two wins and Shortwood were a very experienced side and that was a very good performance.

“We’ve won 12 games out of 13 and that’s a really good record.”

The Puritans face two games in three days as they look to keep their run going. Tiverton are the visitors to Spencer Stadium on Saturday, where entry is again just £5, and two days later Ford’s boys travel to lowly Wantage Town.

United won by a solitary goal at Tiverton last month and Ford will be expecting another tight game.

Meanwhile, Jacob Blackstock got a rare start in Tuesday’s Buckingham Charity Cup victory over Old Bradwell United and he’s one of several young players who Ford says will be the long-term future of the club.

Ford said: “Whatever happens this season, it’s the young players who will take the club forward in the future. Players like Jacob [Blackstock], Leam Howards, Jack Westbroock, Charlie Wise and Jack Westbrook.”