Whing pleased with Puritans’ final friendly run-out

Andy Whing was pleased with Banbury United’s final pre-season outing before the big kick-off in the Vanarama National League North.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2022, 3:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd August 2022, 3:27 pm
Banbury United's Jack Harding saves a penalty during his team's shoot-out success at FC United of Manchester. Picture by Julie Hawkins
Banbury United's Jack Harding saves a penalty during his team's shoot-out success at FC United of Manchester. Picture by Julie Hawkins

The Puritans shared a goalless draw at Northern Premier League Premier Division side FC United of Manchester but walked away with the Football Supporters Association Brian Lomax Cup after winning the resulting penalty shoot-out 3-1 with Jack Harding saving two spot-kicks.

Banbury are now preparing for the step up into the National League North after their stunning Southern League Premier Central title success as they head to Curzon Ashton in the season opener on Saturday.

And boss Whing said: ““It was a really good away game for us with good facilities and I thought it was a really competitive game as well.

“I thought we were outstanding again in the first half.

“I was moaning a bit about the Stourbridge game that, even though we had loads and loads of possession, we didn’t really create too many chances.

“But I thought we created loads more on Saturday but we didn’t have a great deal of luck and we couldn’t finish them off.

“We deserved to go and win the game but it was a really competitive game and we are delighted with how pre-season has gone.”