I thought we started the game very well. We were on the front foot and fully deserved our 1-0 lead at half time. In the second half we played some good football and if we had capitalised on the penalty I think we would have relaxed even more and played even more free flowing football. But with a slender one goal lead we finished the game more uncomfortably than I would have liked. However we won the three points and this will help to rebuild our confidence.
I always envisaged a hard fought tight game and as expected it was a typical local derby. It was full of endeavour, blood and thunder and unfortunately not a lot of quality football on a difficult surface in very windy conditions.
However I was very pleased with the way we defended , standing up to the physicality of the opposition and being organised and difficult to beat. We need to use this performance to be a building block to get our season up and running and use the confidence we have gained from the results over the bank holiday weekend.
Banbury are a club in the ascendancy with manager Mike Ford at the helm. They have seen a gradual improvement season on season since his appointment. This time last year Banbury came to Top Field and gave us a footballing lesson. However I am hopeful we will have learnt from that lesson and that we will be a sterner test this time round.
It has been a number of years since we locked horns with Harrow and it will be interesting to see how they play on Wednesday. This is the first step towards retaining the League Cup we won last season but it will be a tricky tie and we will need to be at our best to progress.