Big day will fly by: lowe

Danny Lowe is no stranger to televised FA Cup ties - he was in the Harrogate Railway team that faced Mansfield on a Sunday lunchtime in 2007.

But the defender admitted it will be an unusual day for the Town players when they turn up at the Shay to face Charlton Athletic on Sunday under the glare of the national spotlight.

“It is kind of surreal,” he said. “It flies by.

“When you are building up to it, it seems ages away.

“The day comes and you have to get up earlier, eat earlier and then you get to the ground with more fans there and the cameras.

“It is a more professional day and not many of us have experienced it so we have to make sure we enjoy it.”

Lowe added that it was not just a matter of enjoying the televised tie against the best side in the competition at this stage - Town are in it to win it.

But he admitted that it would be a major achievement if he and his teammates could knock out the current League One leaders.

“It is going to be a massive task for us,” he said. “But I have been there before.

“You have to enjoy it, but you also have to go into the game with belief.

“We want to win the game - that’s how you approach every football game you play.

“If we can keep it 0-0, then the longer the game goes on they will have squeaky bum time.”

The Shaymen have it in them to pull off a shock if every player is at the peak of his game for the full 90 minutes.

And they do have some momentum going into the tie following wins against Hyde FC, Solihull and Gloucester City - a win achieved despite the fact that the cup tie was just days away.

“Everybody’s minds at Gloucester, regardless of what was said last week, were on the cup tie,” said Lowe.

“It is the biggest game of all our lives.”

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