FA Trophy: Harrow Borough ready to host Haringey Borough in first qualifying round

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 October 2017

Harrow Borough manager Steve Baker (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harrow Borough manager Steve Baker (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Battle of the Boroughs at the Earlsmead Stadium this weekend

Harrow Borough begin their FA Trophy campaign in earnest on Saturday when they host Haringey Borough in the first qualifying round.

The Earlsmead Stadium club, who are just outside of the Bostik Premier play-off places, entertain a Haringey side, who are in the play-offs in the Bostik North.

Steve Baker’s men will have to be wary of their visitors, who have already demonstrated good cup pedigree this term.

The Coles Park outfit reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, before losing to divisional rivals Heybridge Swifts earlier this month.

Harrow, meanwhile, will be looking to go one better in the Trophy this season after being knocked out in the third qualifying round last term.

Having beaten Herne Bay and Needham Market, Baker’s boys went out away to Ebbsfleet United, who later that term went on to win promotion to the National League.

Winners of ties in the first qualifying round stand to pocket £3,250 in prize money.

Harrow will also bid to return to winning ways in the cup tie having lost on their last outing in the league.

Borough went down 2-1 at home to Brightlingsea Regent at the weekend as they lost for the second time in a row.

Baker’s side fell behind in the 18th minute when forward Tom Richardson, who has since joined East Thurrock United of the National League South, netted for the Rs.

Six minutes into the second half, Richardson scored again to give Harrow a mountain to climb.

In the 61st minute, Curtis Ujah pulled one back for Borough to give the hosts hope of a comeback.

However, the Earslmead Stadium outfit were unable to draw level in the minutes that remained as they lost at home for the first time in three matches.

Harrow will hope to put that league defeat behind them on Saturday when they entertain Haringey in the FA Trophy.

And if they do, while also bringing in prize money, a win should give the west Londoners a boost ahead of their return to league action on November 4 when they visit Tooting & Mitcham.

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