Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver feels his players demonstrated their Football League credentials during Monday night’s FA Cup showdown with Portsmouth.
The Wetherby Road outfit have made no secret of their ambition to achieve promotion from English football’s fifth tier since their arrival in the National League less than two years ago.
And although they were beaten 2-1 by League One Pompey, Town more than matched their visitors, who currently sit 40 places above them in the national pyramid.
“Overall, there was very little in it and I think we can be proud of that. Tonight just showed what a good team we are,” said Weaver after watching his side push the 2008 winners of the FA Cup all the way in front of live BT Sport cameras.
“I’ve learned that we can step up and that gives me great belief that we can keep getting better.”