West Riding CFA captain says belief can carry them to victory.
Essex v West Riding
The FA County Youth Cup Final
2pm, Sunday 22 April 2012
Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester United FC
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West Riding CFA skipper Lewis Harris takes his team into something of the unknown on Sunday, as they head south to Colchester for The FA County Youth Cup Final.
The Yorkshiremen have had a good run to The Final this season and Harris says that the squad travel with confidence that the home advantage for opponents Essex CFA won’t have too much of a bearing on the eventual outcome.
"We are unbeaten in nine games and that confidence grows game-by-game, but we must not underestimate our opposition in The Final,” said Harris, who hails from Halifax.
"We know they are based near there, but that shouldn't faze us. We've got good players throughout the squad and as we believe in our ability, it should be a good game.”
And it’s West Riding’s belief, instilled in the team by boss John Gardiner, which Harris believes will give them a good chance of lifting The Cup for the first time since 2007.
“John, our Manager, has kept our feet firmly on the ground but did tell us to believe in ourselves and in our ability and we could go far in the competition,” added Harris.
"We don't know anything (about Essex) to be honest. They must be a good side though, as they too have got to The Final. They won 4-0 in their Semi-Final, but they can be beaten.
“We have just played each game as it came, it will be the same for The Final.”