EVERYTHING is geared up for one of the biggest days in Hastings United’s history with their FA Cup 2nd round tie at Harrogate Town this afternoon.
Observer reporter, Simon Newstead is in North Yorkshire to cover the tie which has a 1pm kick-off.
Both teams are hoping to progress to the third round for the first time ever. Hastings welcome back striker
Bradley Goldberg after three weeks out injured.
Hastings boss Sean Ray has a fully-fit squad available, apart from the suspended midfielder Tom Vickers.
Harrogate are hoping centre-half Shane Killock will return after missing last week’s FA Trophy defeat by Gainsborough Trinity with a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Dwayne Samuels is available following his one-match suspension and Leeds loanee Lewis Turner is pushing for his first start.
Arrows manager Sean Ray said his side were relishing the tie. He said: “It’s been a great build-up, but still hasn’t sunk in yet.
“Some of the boys have had Sky Sports following them at work and ESPN are with us, it’s all been a bit mental, but it’s nice to be in the limelight.
“By all means, we want the boys to enjoy it, but we’ve got to keep our feet on floor and keep focused on the job.
“We’ve had Harrogate watched and had our reports done, but we’ll be mainly concentrating on ourselves.”
Harrogate boss Simon Weaver told BBC Radio York that despite home advantage, his team stayed overnight in an hotel as part of their preparation.
“I’m constantly reminding the lads what they’re capable of and they can’t wait for this game,” he said.
“We’re staying in a hotel together on Friday night to replicate what we did before the Torquay game.
“Our midweek game was postponed, which I think will be a help for us.
“I don’t think their [Hastings] league form is particularly relevant for this game. I’ve watched them a couple of times and they’re playing some good stuff at the moment.”