Bostik North: Haringey Borough boss Tom Loizou wants team to make history in the FA Cup
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The Coles Park club have never reached the fourth qualifying round before, so will write their name in record books if they beat Bideford
Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou has called on his team to win at all costs in the FA Cup this weekend when Bideford travel up to north London for a third qualifying round tie.
The Coles Park club only found out their opponents on Tuesday when the Robins, of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West, beat Bodmin Town 1-0 in a replay.
It means Bideford will make the lengthy trip to the capital from Devon and the Borough boss is hoping his side can make the most of home advantage
“The message to the players is they have to win at all costs,” said Loizou, who has seen his team see off Welling United, Hitchin Town and Bowers & Pitsea to reach this stage of the competition.
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“I am hoping we can catch Bideford a little bit jaded because of the journey and we don’t want to be going Devon for a replay!
“You would think as a player you don’t need any motivation for the FA Cup, but it is hard to know what they are thinking as I can’t get inside their heads.
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“Hopefully they all turn up and are up for it and we can get another great result otherwise we’ll all be disappointed.”
A win for Haringey on Saturday would see the club create history with the north Londoners never making it through to the fourth qualifying round before.
Loizou and his players only discovered who they would be facing earlier this week, but even so, it has not been easy for them to find out details on Bideford.
What they do know is the Robins finished 10th last season and this term, they are mid-table again with three wins and three defeats from their opening six league fixtures.
“We weren’t able to find out a lot about either of the clubs because one plays in Devon and the other is from Cornwell, so that’s a good seven or eight-hour drive to watch them, which I couldn’t do,” said Loizou.
“I have been able to find a few clips on YouTube, but again you can’t really read too much into that. We know they are from a league which is of a similar level to ours and they have done well in their division for a number of years, so we it won’t be easy.”
Haringey will go into the game with confidence, however, after beating Soham Town Rangers 2-0 at the weekend.
Jamie O’Dongohue netted twice and Borough sit third in the table, but this Saturday it is all about the FA Cup and making history.