Essex Senior Cup Preview

4th round: Colchester v Hornchurch; Romford v Canvey


Romford v Canvey (7.45pm)

Boro go into their tie with Premier Division Canvey on the back of a second successive clean sheet.

Paul Martin’s men scraped a 1-0 Division One North win over Great Wakering at the weekend, thanks to captain Paul Clayton’s second-half strike.

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And that success came on the back of a goalless stalemate with high-flying Brentwood.

But Boro certainly needed to tighten up, having conceded four at Waltham Forest and Maldon in league and league cup action.

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They were boosted at the weekend by Adrian Clifton’s decision not to join Billericay after all.

And they come up against a Canvey side currently sitting in ninth place after a 1-1 draw at Margate at the weekend.

Colchester v Hornchurch (7.30pm)

These sides have met twice in this competition in recent years and League One Colchester have come out on top both times.

The doors had not long been open at their new Weston Homes Community Stadium when Urchins travelled through the fog in January 2009.

And Hornchurch were caught cold as Jamie Guy and Steven Gillespie both netted inside five minutes.

The hosts, with six first-teamers in their line-up, scored a third through Sam Corcoran, with Guy and James Hammond making it 5-0 with barely half an hour played.

The scoreline remained unchanged until the 77th minute, when Shane Stamp sealed Colchester’s 6-0 win.

The two were due to meet again in the 2009/10 final at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground.

But a monsoon-like downpour shortly before kick-off forced the match to be postponed until the start of the 2010/11 campaign.

Hornchurch had home advantage for the rearranged fixture and took a 50th-minute lead through Tommy Black.

But Freddie Lapado levelled within a minute of coming off the bench and netted a 71st-minute winner to clinch the silverware.

Colchester went out of the FA Cup on Saturday, though, at the hands of Swindon as they suffered a third successive defeat.

Urchins won 1-0 at Ryman Premier Division rivals Leatherhead, their ninth away league win in 10 outings this season.

And supporters should find the ground easier to access now, following the opening of a new junction on the A12 earlier this season.

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