Page says Cobblers ‘will be going strong’ in FA Cup date with Harrow

Cobblers boss Rob Page
Cobblers boss Rob Page

Rob Page says he ‘will be going strong’ with his team selection for the Cobblers’ FA Cup first round tie against non-League minnows Harrow Borough at Sixfields on Saturday.

Harrow ply their trade in the Ryman League Premier Division, which is four steps below Sky Bet League One, and the Town manager could be tempted to give key players a rest after what has been a hectic start to the season.

But Page says that is not going to be the case, and it seems changes are more likely to be made for the the Checkatrade Trophy dead rubber against West Ham United which follows on three days after the Harrow encounter.

“We will have a look at it through the week, and there are a couple of niggles from the weekend,” said Page when asked is he was considering making changes to give certain players more game time.

“But people have asked for an opportunity to go and play and when they have done, if they have done well, then they keep the jersey, and it is then up to them to lose the jersey.

“This is a cup competition I want to do well in so we will be going strong on Saturday.”

While the Cobblers are enjoying a free week, the part-timers of Harrow are in action on Tuesday night when they play an FA Trophy first qualifying round replay against Herne Bay.

The two sides drew 2-2 on Saturday, and the replay does at least give Page the opportunity to see Town’s weekend rivals in the flesh.

“Harrow play tonight, so I will be going to watch them,” said the Cobblers boss.

“We have had some clips sent through from last week, and it is a replay tonight.

“Whether their manager makes changes tonight with Saturday in mind I don’t know, but I will go and have a look.

“We have a couple of reports on them as well, so we have done our homework on them.”

Although admitting one or two players had picked up niggles during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bury, Page is anticipating having a fully-fit squad to pick from this weekend.

Striker and top scorer Alex Revell is also available again after serving his one-match ban for picking up five bookings.