HARROGATE Railway boss Nigel Danby is “quietly confident” they can go to Bradford Park Avenue and win tomorrow’s FA Cup First Qualifying clash (3pm ko).
The tasty Yorkshire derby is one of the ties of the round and the Station View boss is expecting a partisan crowd down at the Horsfall Stadium.
After a busy week of Evo-Stik League football, Danby is in a positive mood ahead of the short trip south.
“We are certainly capable of going there and getting something,” he said.
“If we can put our full strength side out that will be a start. We’ve got people coming back in like Liam Gray. We’re waiting on the fitness of Paul Beesley but we’re looking a lot better than we were the other night against Ossett.
“Of course it’s going to be a difficult game.
“Bradford have only lost twice this season and are top of their league. They will be favourites and us underdogs but I think we can get something out of it.
“I’m quietly confident.”
Rail’ secured passage to tomorrow after beating Silsden 2-0 in a preliminary round replay.
Bradford meanwhile are riding the crest of a wave after a strong start to the new campaign having lost only twice to Hednesford Town and FC United of Manchester.
In the form of former Harrogate Town man John Deacey they have an experienced manager at the helm who knows all about the early stages of the FA Cup.
Rail’s recent history in the competition has been well documented with the side reaching the second round proper in 2002 and 2007.
Evo-Stik Premier side Park Avenue reached the quarter-finals early in the club’s lifetime in 1912 and 1919-20.
Deacey is looking forward to locking horns with his Rail’ counterparts.
“It should be good,” he said.
“At the moment I will be putting out some squad players. It’s always good to have a run in the FA cup but the emphasis has to be the league although my board will probably disagree with me.
“I watched Railway against Silsden and they were a good side. I think Nige has done a splendid job there.
“They will be looking forward to it I’m sure. We don’t have many Yorkshire derbies in our league this season.
“I think this will be our only one so in that case it’s going to be a good game.
“We’ve made a good start to the season so I’m sure there will be a good crowd down there.”
On Saturday Danby’s troops returned home from Warrington Town with a 1-0 win tucked into their back pocket.
However they had to do it the hard way when Daz Barrick was sent off in the closing stages of the match.
But the away side dug in deep and nicked all three points Wayne Harratt found the net in the 90th minute.
On Tuesday night former boss Phil Sharpe brought his Ossett Town side to Station View.
Kevin Sansay opened the scoring for his side in the tenth minute from the penalty spot but a double salvo Aidan Morris (22) and Ian McLean (27) put Rail’ into the lead at the break.
Danby’s side had chances to extend their advantage after the break.
But it was Ossett who seized the initiative and points scoring twice through Daniel Toronczak (79) and Andrew Catton (83) to scoop three points.
“It was a close game that could have gone either way,” added Danby.
“We missed a lot of chances, hit the post and the bar’, it was slightly disappointing but I had a lot of lads missing on the night.”