‘Home advantage makes us favourites’
A CONFIDENT Phil Granville reckons Harefield United are favourites to progress to the FA Cup first qualifying round when they meet division rivals next weekend.
The Hares edged past Crawley Green on Saturday thanks to firsthalf strikes from Jamie Samuel and Harry Newman, and survived a late onslaught to win 2-1.
They play fellow Spartan South Midlands Premier outfit Leverstock Green on August 30, with a £1,925 prize pot for the winning team.
Despite having a completely new look to the side, with the likes of Danny Bennell, Jerome Ferguson, Matt Elston-Bull, Ben Gill and Mark Smith having joined the ranks, Granville is predicting his side will do the business again.
“We know quite a bit about them [Leverstock] and they probably know quite a bit about us too,” he said. “It’ll be an interesting game but we’ve got home advantage.
“We lose the element of surprise, which we had against Crawley Green, but I prefer to know a bit more about the opposition – we didn’t know anything about Crawley.
“We know a few of Leverstock’s players. A lot of them have come from teams like Rayners Lane. Liam Hind is a good player and gets quite a few goals for them, but I would certainly put us in the brackets of favourites. With no injuries, we should go through.”
Harefield, who are due to face Kings Langley this weekend, were due to play Colney Heath yesterday (Tuesday). journey came to an end with a 3-0 loss at Sileby Rangers. They were due to play Leverstock last night and travel to Colney on Saturday.
Southern Division One Central sides Northwood, Uxbridge and AFC Hayes were beaten by Royston Town (1-2), Barton Rovers (2-3) and Rugby Town (0-1) respectively.
Yesterday, Northwood were at Rugby, Hayes were at Godalming Town and Tony Choules’ Reds travelled to Bedford Town.
Saturday’s fixtures pit the Woods against Uxbridge, and AFC Hayes welcome Bedford to Farm Park.