Town in bid for FA Cup cash away at Hyde

hsb  Town v Brackley.  Paul Beesley got two   (121013M4b)
hsb Town v Brackley. Paul Beesley got two (121013M4b)

A cheque for £12,500 will be Harrogate Town’s main reward should they upset the formbook and defeat Hyde in the FA Cup on Saturday.

In addition, spin-offs such as a possible TV appearance await if the Wetherby Roaders overcome their Conference opponents in the fourth qualifying round (3pm).

It’s a tall order, but manager Simon Weaver is eager to enjoy the experience, while putting all the pressure on Town’s Greater Manchester hosts.

He said: “Revenue-wise the game is very important for the club.

“We’ve had good results so far and it’s a huge chunk of cash for getting through this round.

“But it’s my job to keep the pressure off the players.

“Hyde are the Conference side so they will be expected to win, even though they haven’t had a good time of it in the league recently.”

Town had hoped to prepare for the Hyde clash by playing Bishop’s Stortford at Wetherby Road on Tuesday night, but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

It was the third time the clash had been delayed after two postponements and a re-arrangement due to Town’s involvement in the FA Cup.

The Harrogate players had a hastily-arranged training session instead to work out their tactics for the showdown.

Weaver added: “I had someone fromTown watch Hyde’s recent match against Tamworth so we know all about how they play and what to expect.

“We go into the match unbeaten in five games so we’re in good shape and I’m just hoping we can kick on after beating Brackley.”

The league leaders were hammered 6-1 in Town’s latest outing,putting Weaver’s men in fine heart for Saturday (see p158).Goals by Paul Beesley (two), Chib Chilaka, Alan White, Tom Platt and Danny Forrest did the damage, and the Town boss admitted he was a happy man come Saturday night.

“We could enjoy the weekend after that result,” he said.

“The supporters were buzzing after the match but we are still only ninth in the table and we need to keep improving and moving forward.

“We don’t want to plateau, we need to get better and better.

“We haven’t got the strength-in-depth of some of the other sides but if we can keep developing, I can’t ask for more than that.”

Town are hoping Shane Killock will be fit for Saturday’s clash but Luke Dean, Paul Bolland and Liam Hardy remain doubts for the short journey to Hyde.