'Absolutely buzzing' - Josh Falkingham reacts to Harrogate Town drawing West Bromwich Albion in Carabao Cup

Harrogate Town's players are "absolutely buzzing" after drawing Premier League West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Sunday, 6th September 2020, 2:57 pm
Updated Sunday, 6th September 2020, 2:59 pm
Josh Falkingham celebrates after netting the decisive spot-kick in Harrogate Town's penalty shoot-out win over Tranmere Rovers. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

The League Two newcomers beat Tranmere Rovers on penalties in Saturday's first-round clash at Prenton Park, their first-ever outing as a Football League club.

And Town captain Josh Falkingham, the man who converted the decisive spot-kick to seal an 8-7 shoot-out success, says that being handed a trip to tackle the Baggies on September 15 has gone down very well with his team-mates.

"As a group of lads, obviously a tie against a Premier League club away from home was exactly what we were looking for, so we couldn't be any happier," he told the Harrogate Advertiser.

Josh Falkingham converts from the penalty spot.

"We were all watching the draw and everybody is absolutely buzzing, it's a fantastic draw.

"As footballers, it's brilliant to have the opportunity to test ourselves against the big boys, a Premier League team in a fantastic stadium.

"It was a great start to the season to go and beat Tranmere away in the first round and now we can look forward to the reward of playing West Brom.

"Everything is just going so well for us at the moment and this draw is just another great thing to add to promotion and winning at Wembley [in the National League play-off final]. We're on a rollercoaster and we've just got to keep riding that wave."

Should Town beat West Brom, they will face the winner of Premier League Southampton's clash with Championship Brentford at home in round three.