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HARINGEY Borough boss Tom Loizou believes his players will need little extra motivation when they take to the field for their crunch FA Cup clash on Saturday. Loizou takes Borough to fellow...
HARINGEY Borough boss Tom Loizou believes his players will need little extra motivation when they take to the field for their crunch FA Cup clash on Saturday.
Loizou takes Borough to fellow Spartan South Midlands Premier Division outfit Harefield United for the extra-preliminary round tie of the historic competition - and is well aware of the financial rewards should they embark on a cup run.
Haringey stand to rake in �1,500 if they can get through Saturday's match and the following round, a reward the manager admits could prove crucial for the long-term future of the club.
"For a club like us it's so important, it goes towards the kit, towards medical supplies, and even towards club fines," said Loizou. "I'll remind the players before the match what it could mean to the club, and to themselves.
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"The money doesn't count for too much at this stage, but when you get through the preliminary rounds it starts to build up, so we really need to win three or four games. "Playing in a competition like the FA Cup, they shouldn't need motivating from me. It's a chance for them to show what they're about, to get that extra exposure and publicity."
Loizou will be eager for a positive response after slumping to a 2-0 loss to north London rivals Kentish Town on Tuesday evening.
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After a 1-1 draw against Welwyn Garden City on Saturday, Borough were confident going into the clash against opponents who suffered an 8-0 mauling by Tring in their opening game.
But Lloyd Opara (pictured) saw red as Haringey crashed, and Town - managed by Haringey old-boy Rakatahr Hudson and with nine ex-Haringey players in their ranks - took the spoils.
Opara's evening ended on 28 minutes, the striker dismissed for talking back to the referee after an initial booking.
Melvin Thompson-Klass rattled the bar for Borough, but moments after Opara walked, Thomas Looney gave Town the lead.
The second goal arrived just after the interval, courtesy of Bosun Adebaki's own goal, and despite dominating the second half, Borough were kept at bay.
Loizou called for his side to up their game, but remains cautiously optimistic for the weekend clash. He added: "If we play like we did in the second half against Kentish Town then I think we could get a result,"
Haringey Borough: Edwards, Douse, Lusardi, Haspineall, Adebaki, Thompson-Klass, Mutsinzi, Sifonios, Idaewor, Opara, Davids.