Search

FA Cup: Tom Loizou remaining calm as Haringey Borough bid to make first round proper for first time

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 October 2017

Haringey Borough players celebrate (Pic: Tony Gay)

Haringey Borough players celebrate (Pic: Tony Gay)

Copyright-Tony-Gay

Borough hope to continue historic run with win at home to divisional rivals Heybridge Swifts on Saturday

Haringey Borough have already made plenty of history on their run to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round, but boss Tom Loizou has no plans of stopping there.

The Coles Park club have gone further than they ever have done in the oldest football tournament in the world and can make the first round proper for the first time by beating Heybridge Swifts at home on Saturday.

The winners of fourth qualifying round ties stand to pocket £12,500, with Haringey having already picked up £16,925 for their cup run.

A place in the first round proper and the chance to be drawn against teams like 2008 winners Portsmouth and 2013 champions Wigan Athletic is also at stake this weekend.

Saturday’s clash with Heybridge could well be the most important fixture in Borough’s history, something that Loizou is only too aware of.

“Everyone keeps reminding me that it’s probably the biggest game in the club’s history!” said Loizou.

“There is pressure on both teams going into the game, but we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing all season.

“It is different to other games because there is so much riding on it and everyone is looking forward to the game.”

While cup draws can sometimes pit you against unknown opposition, Haringey will know plenty about Heybridge, with both teams in the Bostik North this term.

But Loizou believes meeting a foe that Borough know so well will make it more difficult for his side to progress.

“It makes it harder facing a team from the same division rather than easier,” he added.

“I’d rather we faced a team from another division, or even a team from a higher league because we seem to have kept our best performances for those games.

“The draw has been kind to both us and Heybridge, though, as we have both avoided bigger teams.”

Haringey warmed up for the cup clash with a 3-0 win at home to Whyteleafe in the premilinary round of the FA Trophy.

Borough also had plenty to celebrate off the pitch, with Loizou named Bostik North manager of the month for September.

And the Haringey boss will hope he also has an FA Cup win to toast this weekend.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Archant’s Neil Metcalfe cast an eye over Scott Parker’s Spurs youngsters at Stevenage FC’s Lamex Stadium earlier today

UEFA Youth League last-16: Tottenham Hotspur 1 AS Monaco 1 (Tottenham Hotspur won 3-1 on penalties)

14:30

Free football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales, as the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme opens for applications on Monday, February 19.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been talking ahead of the Europa League home tie with Ostersund at the Emirates on Thursday evening. Read a transcript of his press conference at London Colney.

The Brazilian won a huge amount of trophies during his time at Paris Saint-Germain and he believes he can win more silverware with Tottenham Hotspur

10:00

The latest news from the Highgate Harriers club

Yesterday, 23:06

In the week of the Carabao Cup final read the first in our series detailing previous Arsenal League Cup finals by talking to the people who were there. Kicking off is loyal long-term fan Martin Wengrow – who is in his 65th year of supporting the Gunners and has watched nearly 2,000 matches – as he recalls the 1968 Wembley showpiece against Leeds United.

For the majority of Arsenal fans a Wembley cup final is something to be savoured. However a long-serving season ticket holder from Islington, Glenn Allen is so disenchanted with Arsene Wenger he is boycotting the Carabao Cup showpiece against Manchester City on Sunday. Read on for his explanation which will shock many but perhaps strike a chord with some.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Melange, with locations in Barnet and Crouch End, has opened a third in Belsize Park. Here co-owner Justina Markauskaite talks about removing the borders between cuisines and why they put family at the centre of everything they do

Less is More, a group exhibition at the Daniel Raphael Gallery will feature emerging artists from England, Italy, France and the Czech Republic, from January 24 to February 16.

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now