Whing excited for Banbury's season opener
Four months have passed since the former Oxford United replaced Mike Ford as Puritans boss.
And, after a summer of recruitment and a busy pre-season, Whing is now ready for his first competitive game at the helm.
Banbury face a tough-looking opening-day test at Royston Town, who were flying high in the table when the previous season came to a shuddering halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But Whing insists his main focus is on his own team as he bids to get off to a winning start.
“I am massively looking forward to it,” the Puritans boss said.
“Obviously it’s my first competitive game in charge and it’s been a long time coming. I joined in May and four months later we have finally got the first competitive fixture.
“We have had a really good pre-season, we feel like we are in a good place and our recruitment has been good so we are just looking forward to getting back on the pitch now.
“We have massive respect for Royston, they’re a good team. I have had a couple of reports on them so we will go into it knowing a little bit about them.
“But I think we just have to concentrate on ourselves and how we play and how we can go and win a game of football.”
Banbury will be straight back into action on Tuesday night after they were handed a home tie with Northern Premier League Division One South East Division side Carlton Town.
That will set the tone for a busy first few weeks of the season.
And Whing added: “With our recruitment we have tried to get a squad together which is capable of playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday and we will use that squad.
“We feel that whoever we bring in won’t downgrade the team at all and we are still hopeful that we can make a couple of signings before the weekend.
“We are pleased we have a home draw in the FA Cup but it will be tough against a team out of the Northern League.”