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Harrow star Salapatas rues late miss in FA Cup replay defeat against Basingstoke

PUBLISHED: 16:55 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:55 29 October 2014

Harrow Borough boss Dave Anderson

Harrow Borough boss Dave Anderson

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Nick Salapatas was left to rue the one that got away as Harrow Borough bowed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Borough scented the smell of a giant-killing over Conference South leaders Basingstoke Town when Salapatas was sent racing clear by Marc Charles-Smith in the last of 93 minutes of a gripping replay at Earlsmead.

However, with a home tie with Conference Premier basement boys AFC Telford beckoning and despite seemingly doing everything right, the winger’s shot finished six inches the wrong side of the post.

Borough were eventually sunk 4-1 in extra-time and too his credit the former Stevenage professional who was plying his trade in Greece earlier in the year was big enough to take the rap for what might have been.

He said: “We should have killed it in the 90th minute as I should have scored.

“I’m going to be hard on myself because it was a clear chance and I should have put it away, but the team did really well and I’m proud of everyone really.”

The 24-year-old had aspirations of returning to league football this season, but left it too late to return from his stint on the continent to find a club.

Therefore he was happy to respond to Borough boss Dave Anderson’s summons a month ago for what is looking increasingly like a season-long relegation struggle.

With results elsewhere this week having left Borough propping up the rest, Salapatas accepts his boss is under pressure, but having taken Basingstoke to the brink not once but twice insists Anderson is the man to lead them to safety.

“All the lads are behind the manager and I personally think he is the right person to lead us on, he added

“The lads obviously felt he was under pressure and we gave it everything for him and for each other.

“I feel we are getting better every day, there is nothing wrong with the spirit and the only way is up.

“We have another six months to go and we need to make sure Harrow is up there.”

Before Borough can return to the urgent issue of league points they will be back on the cup trail for Saturday’s FA Trophy visit to AFC Hornchurch.

By then Salapatas will face added competition for a place in the starting XI with Chairman Peter Rogers confirming the signing of wide man Kamaron English.

The former Watford Academy star played in the Conference South for Hayes & Yeading last season before spending the early weeks of this campaign at Ryman League rivals Billericay.


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