Harrow Borough hot-shot Lewis Driver says he and his team-mates will have ‘no fear’ as they take on Cobblers in Saturday’s FA Cup first round clash at Sixfields (3pm).
Driver is under no illusions the task facing the Ryman League Premier Division side, but he also says there is no point in going into the game with any trepidation.
Harrow have already beaten a higher level team to get this far, as they beat National League South team Margate in the final qualifying round, and although striker Driver knows the Cobblers are going to be a few steps up again, he is looking forward to the occasion.
“It’s a great achievement by everyone at the club to get to this stage again,” said Driver, who has scored six times in his past six games.
“It’s been six years since we last made the first round so we need to relish every moment of it.
“We know it will be a very difficult game. There’s a four-league gap but hopefully that won’t affect us.
“We’ll go into the game with no fear and just enjoy our football.
“We’ve just got to give absolutely everything and stick to our game plan. Who knows what can happen?”
Driver was on the mark in Harrow’s FA Trophy win over Herne Bay on Tuesday night, a match watched by Cobblers boss Rob Page, and he says there is a great atmosphere in the non-League team’s camp.
“The buzz around the place is really good, as you can expect,” he told the Kilburn Times newspaper.
“Everyone’s still on cloud nine after the Margate game – the adrenaline always takes you through for a couple of weeks.
“Hopefully the magic of the cup will be in our favour, so maybe our dream can carry on for a bit longer.
“It’s a target for any non-League team to reach the first round. It’s something you set your sights on every year, but it probably only happens a few times in a player’s career at this level.”
After a slow start to the season, Driver has really found his shooting boots in the past few weeks and he will be a threat to the Town defence at Sixfields.
And he admits the FA Cup clash has come at a good time for him.
“I was struggling with a couple of injuries at the start of the season, so it was a bit stop-start for me to say the least,” he said.
“But I’ve got myself fit again and back in the team, so I’m feeling really confident again and raring to go.”