Banbury United are ready to rewrite their FA Cup history

If the Puritans can beat Canvey Island they will be in the second round proper for the first time in their history

Friday, 6th November 2020, 9:00 am
The Banbury United players are hoping to make history in the FA Cup this weekend. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

Andy Whing insists he and his players are relishing the opportunity to rewrite history at Banbury United.

For the first time since 1980, the Puritans will play in the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Canvey Island at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

And, if they can win, Banbury will move into the second round for the first time ever.

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It is set to be a day like no other with the big game set to be played behind closed doors while it was only given the go ahead on Monday with the UK now in another lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But manager Whing is ready and can’t wait for the big occasion to arrive.

“We are obviously delighted the game is going ahead, it would have been such a shame if that wasn’t the case because we have worked so hard to get to this position just like Canvey Island have,” the Puritans boss said.

“We are really looking forward to the game, it’s a great opportunity for us and I am sure they will say the same.

“We have made history already but this is a chance to rewrite it. The club has never been in the second round proper so it’s a fantastic opportunity for myself, the staff, the players and everyone associated with the club.

“It’s great that the game is on and we can’t wait for it.”

Once again, Banbury will have to beat a team from the Isthmian League North Division if they are to progress further.

They fought back from 1-0 down to beat Bury Town 2-1 in the fourth qualifying round and it’s another lower-ranked team that now stands in their way.

And while Whing expects his team to show Canvey Island the appropriate respect, he firmly believes the Puritans are capable of getting the result they need.

“We have a lot of respect for Canvey Island, we have had them watched and we have plenty of information on them,” he added.

“But, as I always say, it’s about how we perform. If we work hard and play to the best of our abilities then I believe we will go and win the game.”