Bostik Premier: Harrow Borough hope to rebound at Tooting & Mitcham United
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 November 2017
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Borough bid to put FA Trophy exit behind them this weekend
Harrow Borough will hope to put the disappointment of an early exit from the FA Trophy behind them when they visit Tooting & Mitcham United in the Bostik Premier on Saturday.
Steve Baker’s men were eliminated from the Trophy in the first qualifying round after losing a replay at Haringey Borough of the Bostik North on Monday night.
Harrow lost out in the ‘Battle of the Boroughs’, with Michael Ademiluyi’s 26th-minute goal enough for hosts Haringey to progress.
A replay was needed after the initial tie between the sides on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.
Ralston Gabriel had fired Haringey ahead in the 43rd minute and Harrow looked to be on their way to a home defeat.
However, after Baker’s boys were awarded a stoppage time penalty, Kurtis Cumberbatch calmly converted from 12 yards to force the need for a replay, which Harrow did unfortunately go on to lose.
Harrow also used the home tie with Haringey to mark a new name for Earlsmead Stadium, now known as the Rogers Family Stadium.
The change in name was to mark 50 years since current chairman Peter Richards joined the club’s football committee.
Rogers became club treasurer in 1967 during Borough’s days in Athenian League Division Two, and later went on to become secretary before taking on the role of chairman.
In his time with Harrow, Rogers has helped transform the club’s home ground and facilities, as well as overseeing a rise through the leagues.
A former employee of the Bank of England, Rogers has also held positions with both the Football Association and the London FA.
It has been a remarkable 50 years for Rogers, and, with the Bostik League’s approval, Harrow board members sought to honour to chairman with a surprise renaming of the stadium.
After overcoming the initial shock, Rogers said he was “both humbled and delighted in equal measures” to be honoured in such a way.
Rogers will hope to cheer Harrow to victory at Tooting on Saturday.