Mowbray sending in the scouts

Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium

WHEN Sean Ray’s heroes step out at the Pilot Field tomorrow to play Harrow there may be an extra set of important eyes among the crowd.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray is taking the FA Cup encounter so seriously he is having United’s games watched,

according to the local press.

Phil Tallentire, chief sports writer at the Middlesbrough Gazette, said Mowbray watched last Thursday’s replay

on ESPN and would be paying United respect.

Phil said: “Mowbray is always respectful of the opposition. He will have Hastings watched between now and when they play each other.

“He told me that he did watch the replay and praised both teams for their efforts especially as it went to extra time.

“Most Boro fans would have wanted a home time and to play Harrogate to be honest.

“We really didn’t fancy a long trip down to the south coast.

“From our point of view the game is on the radar but the Championship is our priority.

“It is seen as a bit of a quirky tie up here - some people didn’t know Hastings had a team. So there’s not massive excitement like down there.

“I’d expect between 10,000 and 15,000 fans to be there on the day.

“I’d also expect the game to be played on January 5. The only way it would be off if it snowed hard on the roads around the ground which could prevent fans getting to the ground.

“But we are looking forward to what should be a very memorable day for everyone involved.”