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Harlow Town boss hoping to add to club's rich cup past

Friday 13 Nov 2015
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Harlow Town have a fine history in English cup competitions and manager Danny Chapman hopes to create new memories this season in the FA Trophy.

The Hawks are best known for their run to the FA Cup fourth round in the 1979/80 season that saw them down both Southend and Leicester. 

Since then it has been a quieter time of things for the Isthmian League Division One North side but they take on Molesey in the Trophy second round qualifying clash this weekend.

Molesey v Harlow Town

The FA Trophy
Second qualifying round
3pm, Saturday 14 November
Hers Renault Stadium 

And Chapman – whose side beat Ware and Merstham to get this far – insists confidence is high. 

“We know what a cup run can bring, what it can do for morale, and in my mind the FA Trophy is just the same as the FA Cup – we treat them both the same,” he said. 

“You need a bit of luck, like in any competition, but the final is at Wembley, that’s a huge motivation for us.

“In the past this team has had some wonderful days in the cup competitions and we would love to bring those days back and create a bit more history. 

“We don’t know a great deal about Molesey, we have looked into them a bit since we found out about the draw. 

“But certainly this year we have decided to not really concentrate too much on the opposition, we worry about ourselves. 

“Certainly they are in good form, they are doing well in the league since promotion and it is not going to be easy.” 

'This team has had some wonderful days in the cup competitions and we would love to bring those days back'

Harlow Town boss Danny Chapman

The Moles are the hosts for the clash this weekend and, after promotion last season, they are making waves in Division One South.

Currently second in the table, Molesey boss Steve Webb is back in the Trophy for the first time since their relegation in 2008 after seven years in the FA Vase.

“We know a bit about Harlow, I know a few guys from Merstham so they have told me about what to expect from the last round,” he said. 

“We know what to expect, but we also know that it’s going to be a tough game. 

“We are going well in the league so confidence is high.

“From what I know about them and about us, I think it’s going to be quite an attacking game. 

“The FA Trophy is a prestigious tournament, we have been in the Vase for a few years where on paper we had a better chance of winning it. 

“But with two wins under our belt already we feel good – the Conference sides will be the favourites but if we can get on a run who knows what can happen.” 

By FA Staff By Charlie Talbot-Smith