ANDY Whing has challenged his Banbury United side to put on a show for the cameras as they look to make Emirates FA Cup history this weekend.

It is 47 years since the Puritans last reached the first round proper – and the fifth time in all, whether as Banbury Spencer or United.

They have never got further, but will have rarely had a better chance after being drawn at home to Canvey Island, who play a division below them.

Unlike the previous round against Bury Town, Banbury will not be cheered on by supporters in the ground.

But with the game on Saturday (3pm) being selected for broadcast on the BBC’s digital platforms, they will have a chance to make an impact.

Whing said: “It’s just a shame it’s fallen in the times we’re in right now, because it was a great atmosphere in the last round, but we can’t help that.

“We have just got to go and win a game to make history.

“I think the players know it’s a really big opportunity, a massive chance for the club.

“But with it being on the BBC it’s great exposure for everyone.”

Both sides are among ten ‘non-elite’ teams who have been given special dispensation to play this weekend.

There had been some doubts over whether the second national lockdown would have an impact.

But while Banbury’s Southern League campaign is now on hold, there are no worries about the cup tie.

Whing said: “I always thought it would happen, because league clubs are going to play in it.

“It’s the first time since pre-season we’ve been able to train on Tuesday and Thursday. I think we need that.

“With the league suspended we have no distractions and can fully focus on Saturday.”