Bostik Premier: Steve Baker very pleased, but knows Harrow Borough will face tough test at Leatherhead
PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 August 2017
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Experienced manager hoping the Reds can have an enjoyable season and kick on after a busy summer rebuild
Harrow Borough boss Steve Baker is not getting carried away despite his team’s impressive start to the new Bostik Premier season and knows Saturday’s trip to Leatherhead will be tricky.
The Earlsmead Stadium gaffer feels the Tanners are one of the dark horses for promotion after appointing ex-Leyton Orient midfielder Sammy Moore as player-manager in May.
It has also been a busy off-season for Harrow with Baker bringing in over a dozen new faces, but so far it has worked well with two wins from two.
He said: “Similar to us they have had a complete rebuild this summer, although they have a new manager, so it is slightly different.
“It does seem they have recruited quite well and I spoke to a couple of people about how they looked in pre-season and it sounded like they looked good.
“The one thing we did say to the boys was to expect a tough game on Saturday because for me they are one of the dark horses and we need to keep our feet firmly on the floor.
“If we can do what we have done in the first two games from an attitude point of view then we will give ourselves a chance of getting something this weekend.”
Baker was set to watch Leatherhead take on Worthing on Wednesday night and get a first glimpse of the Tanners, who were managed by Jimmy Bullard last season.
Moore has brought in the likes of Jack Midson, Lee Minshull and Sean Clohessy to Fetcham Grove, but Harrow will travel to the Surrey-based club with confidence.
Two goals from new recruit Ant O’Connor helped inspire an opening-day 2-1 win over Harlow Town on Saturday at Earlsmead.
And the Reds backed up that display with an excellent performance away to Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday, which resulted in a 3-1 success.
The Harrow boss is not getting too excited just yet, but wants his team to keep pushing forward after needing a reprieve to remain in the division after coming 21st last season.
Baker added: “The immediate goal for a club like us is to always try and improve on the previous season.
“Clearly we are trying to do that, even though the points we got in any other campaign would have been quite good.
“At the minute it is about taking it one game at a time. We wanted to make a strong start and we have.
“We want to get as many points on the board as we can, so you can have an enjoyable season without looking over your shoulder every five minutes.
“I think that is what we will be looking to do and if you carry on doing well who knows what can happen, but we are only two games in.”