Title push would be Clarke’s Cup of tea!
PUBLISHED: 18:26 13 October 2010
STAND-IN captain Dewayne Clarke says Borough are capable of winning the Ryman League if they can replicate the standards of Saturday’s shock FA Cup success.
STAND-IN captain Dewayne Clarke says Borough are capable of winning the Ryman League if they can replicate the standards of Saturday’s shock FA Cup success over Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Clarke, who took over the skipper’s armband from the suspended Wayne Walters, reined in his attacking instincts with an industrious, controlled display on the right of midfield.
While Borough have taken just one point from their last four league games and hover two points above the drop zone, they deserved to knock out their Conference South visitors and move just one step away from the FA Cup first round.
“We can play – sometimes we don’t do the basic things week in week out, but if we can change that and put in the hard work, we can beat all the teams in this league,” Clarke (pictured left) told the Times.
“That’s our focus now – to do this consistently in the league and our aim is to try and win it. We knew it was going to be hard, we had to get stuck in, keep doing what we were doing and not give up.
“When the coach said he wanted me to be captain, I took up the challenge and I kind of gave the team a lift, getting behind the guys and pushing them on.
“He said ‘just tuck in, get on the ball and make the passes’. He knows no matter what, I won’t stop and, if they see me going, everybody will come together and do the same.”
MONDAY’S FA Cup draw has offered Hendon a golden opportunity to reach the first round for the first time in more than a decade.
The Greens, who have been absent from the competition ‘proper’ since 1998, had been hoping to line up a fourth qualifying round tie against local rivals Wealdstone.
But the Stones surprisingly lost their replay to Met Police, so the Ryman League Division One South side will now be the visitors to Vale Farm a week on Saturday.
Harrow Borough’s impressive 2-1 win over Hampton & Richmond means they are also just one win away from a potential meeting with a league side – but will need to upset the form book again after they were drawn away to Conference Premier side Eastbourne Borough in the last qualifying round.
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