It’s one of those games that if you think you can put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit, then you’re in for a long afternoon, warns Welling United assistant boss Hugo Langton
WELLING UNITED assistant manager Hugo Langton warns supporters that it won’t be easy against Haringey Borough in The FA Cup on Saturday.
The Wings climbed up to eleventh-place in the Vanarama National League South table following a hard-fought 1-0 home win over bottom-of-the-table Whitehawk on Tuesday night.
“I was really happy with our win on Tuesday night,” said Langton.
“Sometimes it’s hard to impose your game on your opponents and Whitehawk made it a tough night.
“Supporters want to see hard work and players putting their bodies on the line like they care and we did that, so it was a good night’s work all-round.”
Welling United have claimed three wins and five draws from their 11 league outings but all attention turns to the Second Qualifying Round of The FA Cup this weekend.
Haringey Borough are the visitors to Park View Road. They play two leagues lower than Welling, in Bostik North, and are second in the table with five wins and a draw from six league games, a couple of points behind leaders AFC Hornchurch.
“Like everyone I love The FA Cup. It’s been good to me as much as it’s been cruel,” said Langton.
“Playing a team from a lower division is always difficult and people just expect you to breeze past them, which is rarely the case.
“Haringey have a lot of players who have played higher, so they’ll be a dangerous opponent with a lot of pace in their side.
“They’ll come to us and will have a go at us. It’s one of those games that if you think you can put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit, then you’re in for a long afternoon!
“The FA Cup can level teams out regardless of what division each other’s in. We will need to be at it all afternoon so we will prepare well and all I do care about is being in the Cup come the next round draw.
“If we can get there then personally I’m not bothered how we do it. We will have to work very hard and be ruthless in both boxes.”
If Welling United avoid a replay, then they will be at home again next Wednesday, 20 September when they lock horns with Charlton Athletic in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup Second Round.
“The Charlton Cup game is a nice game for everyone at the club. Whatever happens it won’t define either team’s season,” said Langton, who was part of the Eastbourne Borough management team when they won the Sussex Senior Cup.
“I like the County Cups personally and these games are always difficult, especially as we’ll be playing against a full-time team, who I know are very well drilled by Jason Euell.
“It’s one we can enjoy but it’s one we will want to try our best to win.”
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Welling United v Haringey Borough
The Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Saturday 16th September 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY