‘Home ad­van­tage makes us favourites’

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Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS -

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.

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