Craig Harrison will not fear Hartlepool United’s testing FA Cup tie at South Shields tomorrow.

The Pools boss says defeat is not something he is contemplating at a sold-out Mariners Park.




But, if the worst came to the worst and Pools were humbled by the red-hot cup exponents, then the club would move on to their National League promotion goal.

Tomorrow’s fourth qualifying round assignment at the Evo-Stik North leaders has ‘banana skin’ plastered all over it.

South Shields, FA Vase winners back in May at Wembley, have won 51 of their last 53 matches.

Are Pools scared of the trip to South Tyneside?

“I hope not,” Harrison said. “I am not into this fear of losing stuff.

“If you start worrying about losing before the game even kicks-off then it’s not a healthy state of mind to be in.”

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