Duo finish campaign with home dates
Hornchurch v Maidstone
Urchins have only to pride to play for on the final day of the season, but the Stones are fighting for survival.
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The Kent club need to win and hope rivals Hastings do not beat Aveley, who can still avoid the drop themselves if they manage victory in Sussex – but only by an eight-goal margin.
Hornchurch can still finish eighth, after surpassing last season’s points total already.
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They had to settle for a 1-1 draw with play-off rivals Kingstonian last weekend – which ended their own hopes of a top-five finish – before all but condemning Aveley with a 4-1 triumph on Monday.
Manager Jimmy McFarlane has been left to rue an inconsistent run of form over the past six weeks, which has seen his side win three, lose three and draw four of their 11 matches to take just 13 out of a possible 30 points.
It finished 0-0 when the two sides met in September – and that was the fourth successive stalemate between them on Maidstone’s home turf!
Romford v Thamesmead
Boro have had little to shout about in recent weeks as their play-off dreams evaporated and they slid down the table.
Paul Martin’s men had worked wonders to force their way into the top five in the first half of the season, but it all began to unravel after the turn of the year.
They started 2011 well, with wins at Heybridge and Cheshunt, but then lost their next three.
And after a brief recovery led to home wins over Ware and Redbridge in early February, Boro picked up just two points from their next six matches, conceding 15 goals in the process.
A four-match unbeaten run in the middle of March raised hopes, with games still in hand on their rivals, but Boro have lost seven of their last eight and, despite surpassing last season’s points total, will now come up short of Martin’s 60-point and top-10 targets.
They will hope to end the campaign on a high against lowly Thamesmead, after the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw in September, but it will be little consolation after so much promise.