Rivals look for league boost

Our guide to the weekend’s fixtures


Conference South

Hornchurch v Havant & Waterlooville

Urchins welcome The Hawks to Bridge Avenue this weekend, after downing the Magpies in midweek.

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Martin Tuohy netted twice in a 4-2 win at Maidenhead, where newcomer Ben Bowditch was also on target at York Road.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men moved up to 11th place in the table as a result, after lowly Havant had picked up a point on Saturday from a 1-1 draw at Bromley.

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The two sides are 10 places apart in the standings, but only four points separate them and McFarlane will no doubt urge his men not to be complacent.

But having finally started to find the net with some regularity, the home side should go into the match with confidence and another win could see them climb as high as fifth if other results go in their favour.

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Ware v Romford

Boro boss Paul Martin will be looking for his men to bounce back after their FA Trophy disappointment.

Ryan Imbert put Romford ahead against landlords Thurrock, but the ‘visitors’ hit back to run out 3-1 winners as both sides finished the game with 10 men.

Romford have had trouble finishing with a full allocation of players at Wodson Park in the past, ending up with nine men in a controversial 1-0 defeat last season after seeing Paul Clayton and Jamie Dicks dismissed.

A previous visit almost descended into farce when Ware scored a hotly-disputed goal, following a stoppage for an injury, and then denied Boro a ‘gentleman’s equaliser’ from the restart.

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