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Cheer us on: Hughes

GREAT Harwood are urging the fans to get behind them tonight and help them into the final of the Second Division Trophy (ko 7.45pm).

GREAT Harwood are urging the fans to get behind them on Friday night and help them into the final of the Second Division Trophy (ko 7.45pm).

Harwood drew 0-0 with local rivals Darwen in the semi final first leg of the competition last Friday and now there is everything to play for in the second leg at the Showground on Friday.

A crowd of 155 watched the goalless draw and now Harwood boss John Hughes wants the fans to cheer them into the final where they will face Colne or Cheadle.

"It is a big game for us and we want to get to the final and beat Darwen as they are our rivals," said Hughes. "It was muddy at their place - a real battle - but hopefully the conditions will be better on Friday."

"They have improved a lot since we played them earlier in the season and they have a few kids playing for them. But I have thrown kids in and they have done well."

Hughes does have a few injury worries as the experienced Neil Kennedy and Anthony Green are suspended while goalkeeper Bobby Harris is out as his partner is due to give birth in the next couple of days.

However Hughes may have striker Pete Smith - who plays for Kendal as well in the UniBond League - in the fold.

Then, in what is a big week for Harwood, they travel to Padiham on Wednesday night in the league.

They were due to play Colne but that has been postponed as the Holt House side are in the FA Vase on Saturday. So it is the short trip to the Storks instead (Ko 7.45pm).

"That's a big game for us as, despite the fact we lost a few games over Christmas, if we win our games in hand we can still go top. It will be a big boost to beat Padiham and we do still have to play Colne twice."

And Harwood are currently waiting to see what will happen in their League Challenge Cup quarter-final clash.

They lost to Ramsbottom 2-1 in January but the league have ordered the game to be replayed as the Rams fielded an ineligible player in goalkeer Graham Bennet who they signed from Bamber Bridge for the game. The tie is set at Tuesday, February 24 although it is under dispute. Hughes has been onto the Football Association and believes the tie should be given to Harwood.

"According to the FA rules, Ramsbottom should be thrown out of the competition but we will just have to see what happens," he added.

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