Home tests for rivals
Ryman Premier Division
Hornchurch v Canvey
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint. But I wish it was a sprint,” said Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane this week, after a 5-2 opening-day win at Cray took his side to the top of the table.
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Martin Tuohy netted twice in south London and was only denied a hat-trick by a controversial offside decision.
Canvey lost 2-1 at home against Carshalton, but have had an extra day to recover for tonight’s action.
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Rob King’s hat-trick of penalties saw the Gulls to a 3-0 win at Bridge Avenue last season, but Urchins will be keen to redress the balance and in high spirits following their fine start to the campaign.
Romford v Redbridge
New-look Boro counted themselves somewhat unfortunate to return from Harlow empty-handed at the weekend.
But a 1-0 defeat against their much-fancied hosts was an improvement on last season, when they slumped to a 4-1 reverse.
Boro celebrated a pair of 3-1 wins over Motormen last term, but will not recognise many of Terry Spillane’s rebuilt squad, who fought back from 2-0 down for a 2-2 draw against Sudbury in their opener, thanks to goals from Lewis Dark and an injury-time header from Billy Sendall.