Paul Harrison promised his Newhaven side would ‘give Crawley Town a game’ in the Dockers’ big Sussex Senior Cup tie this coming Tuesday.
Harrison’s side set up the lucrative tie by beating Littlehampton Town 5-1 in the second round last week.
Although the Dockers boss resisted predicting a cup upset, he pledged his team riding high at the top of county league division 2 would make life difficult for the team a whole seven divisions above them... as long as his players ‘turned up’.
“When we found out about the draw there was a buzz around the place,” he said.
“We’re putting posters up around the town, and notifications are going out that it’s Crawley Town we’re playing.”
Harrisonsaid he had heard the League 1 outfit would bring a handful of their first team stars with them to Fort Road.
“I’m hoping so. They’re not confirming who or what. But they’re not going to be putting out that weak a side,” he said.
Asked if the club is expecting a bumper crowd for the tie, he said: “We would hope so. I’d like a big crowd. A lot depends on the weather, because apparently next week is supposed to be very cold, and what football’s on the telly! But we’ll give them a good game. If our players turn up, and if we’re on our day, then we’ll give them a game.
“And we make reasonable profit from our local derbies so if we get a good gate for this tie then that will be great for the club.”
Harrison said he was hoping to bring in a keeper for the game as Jake Buss is cup-tied having played in the Sussex Senior Cup earlier in the season for AFC Uckfield. Nineteen-year-old Benedict Prior is the keeper Harrison was believed to have been looking at bringing in.
Before the big Crawley game, Newhaven first have to negotiate a tricky division two game at home to Bexhill United tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).
“They’re a good division two side, we’re expecting a hard game against them. Hopefully we’ll get a result that will keep our momentum going.”
Having spent many years languishing in SCFL division 3, Newhaven are looking likely to complete remarkable back-to-back title-winning campaigns in their drive to make division 1.
“We had a very good build-up to the season and the season so far has been very very good. We’ve done a lot more than even I expected this season, if I’m honest. We’ve got a plan for the club and we’re working to a project. We would probably be a season ahead of schedule if we got promoted into division 1 this year.”
The Dockers boss has put a good team around him, adding Grantham Chatterley, from Seaford, and ex-AFC Uckfield boss Kevin Laundon to assistant boss Steve Knight and the reserves’ boss Andy Cook.
Ringmer defied the freeze to hammer Worthing Utd 8-1 in div 1 at the Caburn on Tuesday night. The Blues fielded much the same team as against Lingfield where the Blues won 5-1. This game topped even that with goals from Ryan Bradley (2) Mark Whiteman (2), Aaron Watson and Scott Marshall (3).