Harborough to discover FA Cup fate

Harborough Town boss Nick Pollard
Harborough Town boss Nick Pollard

Harborough Town tomorrow (Friday) discover their opponents in next season’s FA Cup.

The draw for the opening rounds will be made tomorrow and as a Step Five side, the Bees go into the extra preliminary round that’s played on Saturday, August 15.

For the Bees, it will be their third season in the FA Cup and to reach the first round proper when League One and League Two sides enter the competition, they will have to win six games.

Boss Nick Pollard was in the Coalville Town side that reached the first round in 2004 – they were beaten by Wycombe Wanderers – and said: “For me, the FA Cup is the most prestigious trophy in British football – and possibly the world.

“It’s great to think Harborough Town are entering the same competition that Arsenal won at Wembley a few weeks ago.

“We would love to get a home draw and get a few people through the turnstiles.

“Harborough seems to be predominantly a rugby town, but the interest is there and if we won a couple of games in the FA Cup, I’m sure people would start getting behind us.”

The Bees have their first pre-season friendly at Bowden’s Park on Saturday when Medbourne are the visitors.

Pollard reports there was a good turn out when the club returned for training last week and added: “We are going to look at as many players as possible over the next few weeks.

“We had a few new players at training last week, but we won’t know who’s joining us until we get the paperwork and they put pen to paper.”