Whing hopes Banbury will be refreshed and ready for FA Trophy clash

Banbury United manager Andy Whing. Picture by Julie HawkinsBanbury United manager Andy Whing. Picture by Julie Hawkins
Banbury United manager Andy Whing. Picture by Julie Hawkins
Andy Whing is hoping a bit of rest and recuperation will benefit Banbury United as they get their Isuzu FA Trophy campaign under way this weekend.

The Puritans will go into Saturday’s second-round clash with Stowmarket Town, who currently sit in third place in the Isthmian League North division, on the back of a fine 4-0 victory at Buxton last weekend.

Two goals from Giorgio Rasulo and one each from Alex Babos and Jay Williams ended an eight-game run without a victory for Whing’s team and got them back on track in the Vanarama National League North.

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It’s been a gruelling run for the Puritans in recent weeks but boss Whing was delighted to have a clear week this week to allow his players to “reset and refocus” ahead of the clash with Stowmarket at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

“Stowmarket are a real up and coming club, they have won a lot of games recently,” Whing said.

“We can’t take them lightly, that’s for sure.

“We are just pleased we haven’t had a game on Tuesday this week.

“We are walking wounded at the moment. Our two full-backs were touch and go because of illness on Saturday and we didn’t have much choice but to play them.

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“Even the staff have been struggling a bit with the illness that’s been going around.

“So it’s good to have a couple of days away from it to reset and refocus.

“The boys had Tuesday off but we will be back tonight (Thursday) and we will be ready to go.”