Victory in our grasp - Reed

GO all out for victory – that's the simple message from Harrogate Town boss John Reed ahead of his side's FA Cup first round showdown at Farnborough Town.

After picking up back to back 3-2 wins over Gateshead and Barrow in league, Reed is anxious his troops don't just go along for the ride tomorrow, they set their sights firmly on victory.

And with another 20,000 at stake and the team firmly classed as 'underdogs', the Town boss feels all the pressure will be on their opponents.

He said: "We go there unbeaten in our last six games which is fantastic and I've told the players it's not a day out tomorrow, we're going there to win a football match.

"I'm very relaxed. There's no pressure on us at all. Nobody has given us a chance to win. The bookies are offering 18/1 on us winning 1-0 – I'd certainly have some money on that!"

The build up to the big game has been hectic for Reed, with Look North, Calendar, Sky Sports and The Times all competing for his time but he remains calm and focused on what the club can achieve tomorrow.

"It's the biggest game in my career and certainly for the club," he continued. "It's been a whirlwind two years for us. If somebody had said to me when I took this job a year last July we would create history by winning promotion to the UniBond Premier, win the West Riding County Cup and reach the first round of the FA Cup I would have laughed at them."

But Town could have the last laugh tomorrow if they can nullify the threat of Farnborough's ex-Birmingham striker Ken Charlery, crowd favourites and brothers Lenny and Chris Piper and frontman Rocky Baptiste.

"Neil Aspin went to watch them against Nuneaton and I've watched two videos of them," said Reed.

"Charlery is a big, tall lad but he's getting to the latter stages of his career but I don't want to start worrying about them."

"We're definitely capable of beating them – there is no question of that.

Mick McNaughton should return to the side tomorrow at the expense of Nicky Mohan who is cup-tied. New loan striker Clayton Morrison also misses out as his club Hull City want him available for their cup campaign.

Should the Town match require a replay, it would take place on Tuesday, November 26 at 7.45pm.

Town's home match with Barrow on Tuesday night was effectively decided in the 14th minute by referee John Lawson.

After awarding Town a penalty for a seemingly innocuous tackle on Clayton Donaldson by the Barrow 'keeper Simon Bishop, Lawson showed the shotstopper a yellow card.

And after Bishop showed dissent, he was immediately sent off and centre-back Mark Hume took over in goal.

Bishop then relieved his frustrations by smashing a window in the away dressing room just as Whellans fired Town into a 1-0 lead from the spot.

The dismissal was just the start of a rash of bookings which saw another six Barrow players shown yellow cards and a second player sent off.

Town went close with shots from Dave Donaldson and Clayton Donaldson before the latter rose majestically to head past the 'keeper on 54 minutes.

Barrow refused to lie down however and Steve Housham squeezed a shot home at the far post to make it 2-1 but Town skipper Whellans all but made the game safe on 63 minutes when his snap shot from the edge of the box whizzed past Rogers.

Barrow skipper Hume was then sent off for a late challenge on Bonsall before his side grabbed a late goal back through the impressive Graham Anthony.

Town also ground out a 3-2 result in a less controversial game at Gateshead on Saturday.

A header from Michael Dickinson gave the hosts the lead on 34 minutes only for Whellans to head in from ten yards to equalise before half-time.

Dickinson grabbed a second on the hour but again Town hit back immediately, this time Dave Merris firing home from the edge of the box.

Debutant Clayton Donaldson clinched the victory on 68 minutes when he took advantage of a defensive lapse to slot the ball into an empty net.