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Hornchurch and Romford finish with home work

Hornchurch and Romford will look to end the Ryman League season on a positive note tomorrow after failing in their respective play-off bids.

Urchins were ruled out of the Premier Division promotion race at the weekend and host relegation-threatened Maidstone.

Boro’s Division One North play-off hopes were shattered a week earlier, but they will hope to finish on a happier note as Thamesmead visit Mill Field.

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane said: “We’ve ended up with more points than last year and we’re nowhere near it [promotion]. It’s a bit gutting.

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“Maidstone need to win and will be bringing a few supporters so it should be a decent game to finish.

“Every manager will say it but I don’t think any team made more human errors than us. We were punished nearly 90 per cent of the time and I’d be devastated to make the same mistakes again next year.

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“Mistakes happen, you can slip over at any time, and if it’s 17 or 18 year olds making them you can understand it, but our more experienced players were making them and we shouldn’t be.

“It’s a bit frustrating but you move forwards, there’s no point crying about it now.

“If you take Hunty [Jonathan Hunt] out of our squad, we’re still a young side.

“We’ll have a bit of a shake-up this summer. I think we need three or four more players to come in and I’ve started talking to people already. It has to be done, it’s not personal.”

Romford’s Paul Martin will look to add some experience to his young squad this summer, adding: “I’ve been very disappointed with the back half of the season.

“It’s like someone has put a curse on us since the new year but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and get the last game out of the way.

“Our inexperience let us down a bit but we’ve done what we wanted to and will work hard again.

“We were still in with a shout of the play-offs at the start of April and will knuckle down, try to push on early next season and keep our consistency this time.”

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