Dec 14 2012 By Matt Lewis
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PHIL Granville is taking nothing for granted as he prepares his Harefield United side for this weekend’s visit of basement dwellers London Tigers.
Granville’s boys went down 4-2 at Colney Heath on Saturday and the Hares boss will be hoping for an instant response when struggling Tigers roll into Town.
The Maida Vale outfit sit rock-bottom of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division having won just two of their 22 games so far this season.
Granville’s experience is that teams at the wrong end of the table can often provide sterner tests than those at the top and is stressing that to his players this week.
He said: “We’d like to believe that we’re capable of getting three points against Tigers.
“The way that we’ve been playing in recent weeks, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t go and get those points.
“We will set out our game-plan and try to cut out the silly mistakes but we definitely won’t be taking anything for granted. I’ve played bottom-of-the-league sides before and sometimes it’s harder to play against them than it is to play against teams at the top because they raise their game. We’ll be fully prepared and won’t be taking them lightly.”
Silly mistakes are what cost Harefield at the weekend as they fell behind to a Richard Cooke strike inside the first minute and never really recovered.
An improved second-half display from Mark Sargeant and a returning Gary James, who has been out with a broken collar-bone, at least gave Granville some positives.
“We were chasing the game from the first minute. We conceded a sloppy goal and just didn’t defend properly.
“There were two opportunities for our players to clear the ball and they didn’t do it so they nicked the first goal.
“When you defend like that and make silly mistakes you deserve to be beaten. We totally deserved what we got. Our second-half performance was much better. We got it back to 3-2 at one point and with 10 minutes to go you could maybe have seen us getting a draw.”
Jake Girt is due to return to the side this weekend after sitting out the last four games for the Hares while new-boy Ben Porter is set to continue up front.
Meanwhile, Sam Hurrell’s Hillingdon Borough continue to fall deeper into trouble as a Kyle Matthews double blast could not prevent a 4-2 defeat against Berkhamstead.