Harrogate Town ‘will not underestimate’ Burscough in FA Cup - Weaver

Harrogate Town winger Brendan Daniels celebrates scoring the late free-kick (Photo: Craig Hurle)
Harrogate Town winger Brendan Daniels celebrates scoring the late free-kick (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Simon Weaver dismissed thoughts of an easy voyage in the FA Cup despite his Harrogate Town bagging a plumb home draw in the third qualifying round.

Brendan Daniels put Town’s name into the hat with an exquisite free-kick that determined Saturday’s nervy contest at lower league Workington 1-0.

Town’s ball was drawn first out of the cup lottery on Monday to secure a home tie against Evo-Stik First Division North strugglers Burscough.

Weaver’s troops will be heavy favourites to earn a place in the fourth qualifying round when the pair meet at the CNG Stadium on Saturday, October 10.

The winning team will receive a cheque for £7,500 and a place in the final qualifying round, which sees teams from the Vanarama National Premier entering the competition.

But Weaver was wary of underestimating Burscough, who beat Harrogate Railway 3-2 last month and sit 12th in their division.

Town's Brendan Daniels has scored nine goals this season (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Town's Brendan Daniels has scored nine goals this season (Photo: Craig Hurle)

“It’s very difficult to say anything other than pay respect to Burscough. I went and watched them on Tuesday night and they won 4-1, and missed a penalty.

“They are on a bit of a run, so it’s going to be a banana skin that we have to treat as if we were playing anyone else.

“We will have to do a professional job against a young side, who will have nothing to lose.”

Daniels’ winner was his ninth goal of the season since joining from Tamworth and came despite having a frustrating afternoon operating in a new role behind the front man.

Weaver revealed the management have given the free-spirit a shoot on sight licence from set-pieces.

“There was probably one that he said was a bit too far out in the game before,” joked Weaver.

“For the amount of times it’s ending in the back of the net, you have to give him that licence because he has got a gift.”

On the 1-0 win, the boss added: “It’s a very important victory because we had lost and were wanting to bounce back straight away.

“There is nothing like the FA Cup for the momentum it provides. In 2012 we were pushing for promotion at the same time as the FA Cup run.

“People don’t feel the tensions when they are involved in cup runs, they are just excited to carry on playing each game. I don’t think it’s essential but it’s good for the feel good factor with the fans.

“We know we’re three games away from playing on television, so those three games can be huge for the club.”

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