Link for Banbury United FC's livestream coverage of tomorrow's (Saturday) big match is here

The link to access livestream coverage of Banbury United FC's massive fourth round FA Cup qualifying match against Bury Town tomorrow (Saturday) is published here.

By Roseanne Edwards
Friday, 23rd October 2020, 12:34 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd October 2020, 12:37 pm
A picture from the last time Banbury United FC got into the FA Cup first round vs Northampton Town in 1973
A picture from the last time Banbury United FC got into the FA Cup first round vs Northampton Town in 1973

Those who are unable to get one of the few tickets to the match at Spencer Stadium can access live screen coverage through this link

There is a £1.50 nominal charge to cover the costs of the Oxford City technology which has enabled Banbury Utd to get the match out to as many supporters as possible.

Details of how to pay that fee are on the link.

The final team has yet to be announced but Banbury Guardian sports writer Jon Dunham provides the following pre-match review:

Banbury United are gearing up for their biggest game in the Emirates FA Cup for 40 years.

Andy Whing’s Puritans entertain Isthmian League North Division side Bury Town in the fourth qualifying round on Saturday with a place among the Sky Bet League One and Two clubs in the first round proper on the line.

After a frantic start to the new season, Banbury have had a rare midweek off as they build up to the encounter and boss Whing will be seeking a reaction after they suffered a 6-1 defeat at Pitching In Southern League Premier Central leaders Coalville Town last weekend.

Goalkeeper Jack Harding was sent-off during the clash, meaning Whing will be looking to draft in a replacement before the weekend.

But the manager is well aware of how important the game is with Banbury already enjoying their best run in the famous competition since 1980. “It’s a massive game for the club,” Whing said.

“First and foremost, the players need a bit of a rest and this has been the first midweek we have had off since the start of the season after playing nine games in a month.

“The players have been fantastic so we will get them rested and we will have some lads back so we should have a near enough fully-fit squad by the weekend.

“We obviously need to look at the goalkeeper situation with Jack missing so we will get someone in. But it’s a full week to prepare for a really important game. Bury are no mugs, they beat Nuneaton Borough in the last round so that is a warning to us. We have got to be on top of our game to go and win it but we are really looking forward to it.”

Whing, meanwhile, is hoping last Saturday’s heavy loss was just a “blip”. Coalville were 3-1 up when Harding was red-carded with outfield player Ricky Johnson having to replace him between the sticks.

The loss came just a few days after the Puritans had won a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Peterborough Sports to earn their spot in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.

And Whing added: “I watched the game back on Sunday and for 65 minutes I thought we were brilliant and played some of our best football of the season. We let in sloppy goals and Jack had one of those days but he has been brilliant for us all season.

“Ricky obviously went in goal and it became irrelevant from there. But up until that point, we had played really well and had some great chances.

“We did have a few injuries and a few carrying knocks but all-in-all we were decent for an hour and then the fine margins cost us. It shows how quickly football can change in the space of three or four days but it was one of those days. We are definitely going in the right direction and hopefully that game is just a blip.”

The Puritans received a tough test in the draw for the third qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Monday as they were handed a trip to league rivals Tamworth. The tie will be played next Saturday (October 31).