RYAN O’Toole and Kyle Anthony have jumped on Harefield United’s FA Cup bandwagon.
The former Windsor pair are new signings for the Preston Park club, which has just progressed to the preliminary round of football’s oldest cup competition.
United cruised to a 3-0 win over Woodford United on Saturday to set up a trip to Berkhamsted next.
O’Toole (pictured), who had signed for Beaconsfield earlier this summer, and Anthony are due to make their league debuts against Colney Heath this weekend and should prove valuable assets as the Hares continue on the road to Wembley.
“We’re all excited about Ryan and he’s a big player for us to be signing,” explained Hares manager Phil Granville (pictured).
“It’s very promising for us and with our forward line-up of Ryan, Gary James, Ricardo Cannon and Ben Porter, who has returned from Beaconsfield, it looks good.
“We’ve got plenty of firepower now.
“Dave Tilbury played with Ryan at Windsor and I had him in the reserves at Uxbridge for a little while, so we know what he’s all about. He knows a lot of the boys here, so I think that was a big factor in him joining. It was an attractive move for him.
“Kyle knows some of the players as well. Like Ryan, he has also been at Windsor and Hemel, and I think these will prove to be two quality signings for us. Kyle can play in the centre of defence or in central midfield.
“There’s a good buzz around the club and we’ve still got the younger players coming through.”
Second-half goals from Daniel Fleming, Mark Sargeant and captain Paolo Cicero secured victory for the Hares against Woodford.
Granville was pleased with his team’s approach to the game, and felt the winning margin could have been greater.
“It was a great result and the way we went about it was very professional,” Granville said.
“It was a huge potential banana skin against a team that lost all their league games last year. They didn’t put up much resistance but you can only beat what’s put in front of you and we ran out comfortable winners in the end. It could’ve been six.
“The first half was goalless and we told the boys to be patient and take their chances. Once the first one came, we knew the rest would follow.”
Granville’s team know this weekend’s opponents, Colney Heath, particularly well, having had four battles with the Magpies last term.
“They smashed us in the FA Vase and then we went there a week later and beat them 2-1 in the FA Cup,” Granville added.
“It was honours even in the league as well, so it should be a very tight game on Saturday.”