Bostik North: Promotion is the priority for Haringey Borough, but Tom Loizou’s enjoying their historical FA Cup run!
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North London club have enjoyed a remarkable start to the new season, but have been urged to remain focused in the league
Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou has a nice problem at the moment – his team keep winning in the FA Cup!
The Coles Park club pulled off a huge upset in the second qualifying round of the competition last weekend, as they knocked out National League South outfit Welling United.
A brace from Ralston Gabriel sent Borough through following a 2-1 success with goalkeeper Valery Pajetet also saving a Wings penalty when the score was 1-1.
This is the furthest Haringey have gone in the FA Cup for 31 years, but Loizou has warned his squad to keep their eyes on the main prize, which is promotion from the Bostik North.
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He said: “The run is all well and good, but we are not going to win it and it has actually caused us a few problems in terms of the fitness of the players and the injuries we now have.
“We need to make sure we stay focused in the league and our aim this season is to try and go up.
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“Our squad is looking a bit thin at the moment, so I am going to try and make a couple of signings before Saturday.”
After stunning Welling last weekend, Haringey return to the bread and butter of the Bostik North with a home clash against 13th-placed Soham Town Rangers.
With Borough second in the table after five wins from their opening six fixtures, Loizou is keen to make sure complacency doesn’t creep into his side.
“The Bostik North is a tough division and you can never really tell what type of side you are going to face,” said Haringey’s experienced manager.
“Soham could be a team which is still finding their feet, but they might make a few signings this week and it will change their season, so we have to be ready.”
Once Saturday’s match is out of the way, the north London club can turn their attention to the next round of the FA Cup.
Borough will host either Bodmin Town, of the Western League Premier Division, or Evo-Stik Southern League Division One West side Bideford.
The two clubs did battle last night after their scheduled meeting on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
But a 97th minute equaliser from Bodmin Town in a 1-1 draw means the two clubs will play a replay next Tuesday, so only then will Haringey discover their opponents.
Loizou added: “I am glad we are at home because I don’t know how we would have gone to either of them two teams.
“We are only a small club and I don’t think we have the resources to travel, so we have to win it. God help us if we draw the game.”