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Cottesmore visit Harrowby United in FA Vase second qualifying round clash

Cottesmore continue their maiden FA Vase voyage on Saturday as they target another higher level scalp.

After accounting for Radford in the last round, Cottesmore travel to face United Counties League Division One side Harrowby United on Saturday.

The Arrows are currently ninth at the level above Cottesmore and will be favourites for the second qualifying round clash.

Rich Giblin. Photo: Steve Carr (16441085)
Rich Giblin. Photo: Steve Carr (16441085)

But that’s a situation which suits Cottesmore boss Rich Giblin whose side go into the clash at the Environcom Stadium on the back of a three-match winning run.

He said: "We know it's going to be a very tough game. They will be as good if not better than Radford.

"They have got some very good players, but we'll just approach the game with the same attitude as we did in the last round.

"We have just got to do what we can and go out and give a good account of ourselves.

"If we play to our strengths then we're capable of winning. It's a game for them to lose.

"We haven't had a bad start and we go into the game in good form.

"The boys are really up for it. It's a nice position to be in with it being our first year in the competition.

“It’s nice to be in it and it’s good for the club, but the league is still the most important.”

James Waby. Photo: Steve Carr (16441089)
James Waby. Photo: Steve Carr (16441089)

Cottesmore will be without Tom Bendle for the Vase tie while James Waby – who is dual registered with both clubs – won’t feature for either side.

The match marks the start of crucial spell for Cottesmore who are back in Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division action on Tuesday night when reigning champions Rugby Borough visit Westray Park.

That’s followed by a trip to unbeaten early season pacesetters Allexton and New Parks next weekend before another midweek match on Tuesday, September 21, when Cottesmore host Hathern in the Leicestershire Senior Cup.

Giblin added: “I am a bit mindful that with all these cup matches Allexton are top having played five games while we've only played twice in the league.

"The next few games will give us a realistic benchmark of where we are at though. We are by no means the finished article.

"Rugby Borough are among the pacesetters again. They won the league last season and would have gone up if their ground had been good enough.

"It's a long journey for them on a Tuesday night though and we’ve got to look to take advantage of that.

"There is a lot for us still to do, but if we can get something from these games then that will be a good start."

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